Top 2018 Topics

The end of the year always provides an opportunity to look back and take stock of larger trends over the past twelve months. Given the growing interest in the Asia-Latin America relationship, this newsletter gives us an opportunity to try to quantify those trends.

The most popular articles this year of our Asia-LAC Business Digest reflect the increased importance of China in Latin America and the reality that the relationship has been pushed even more mainstream by the geopolitical events that shaped 2018. Our most-opened articles all fell in the second half of the year, highlighting major issues in the bilateral relationship, such as:

  • the President Donald Trump-sparked US-China trade-war kicked into high gear;

  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative and trade agreements engaged Latin America;

  • the profile of Chinese tech and tech supply chains growing; and 

  • the election of new leadership in the region’s two largest countries brought into question whether China would be popular with populist governments.

Our most popular articles of 2018, in English and Chinese were:

As the year comes to a close, all of us here on the Novam Portam team wish you and yours a Happy New Year.  We look forward to working with you in 2019!

Top Stories

Sterlite Power bags $600-m order in Brazil— The Hindu
Sterlite continues its campaign to be a player in Brazil, winning Electric Energy Regulator ANEEL’s auction for transmission projects. “The project will require an investment of $0.6 billion over the period of next 3-5 years in Rio Grande do Sul, south region of the country,” says the company.

AMLO y Bolsonaro: las similitudes y diferencias entre los nuevos presidentes de los países más grandes de América Latina— BBC
How will Brazil and Mexico diverge in 2019?— Bloggings by Boz
Comparing AMLO and Bolsonaro— Two Weeks Notice
As noted above, one of the big lines of analysis in 2019 will be the similarities in the governing styles of AMLO and Bolsonaro.

Guerra comercial de China contra EU beneficia a México— El Diario de Juárez
La soja tiene su fiesta de fin de año con las compras de China— Agrovoz
El diagnóstico errado de Joe Biden— El País
Trade war.

China — LAC

It Doesn’t Matter if Ecuador Can Afford This Dam. China Still Gets Paid.— NYT

El tren maya y la trocha pequeña— Prensa Libre

China’s Growing Footprint in Latin America— China File

América Latina y el desafío euroasiático— Perfil

El cambio es posible— Perfil

Luego de la firma del protocolo para exportar a China, Mendoza muestra su potencial en la producción de cerezas— Infobae

Una Ruta de la Seda cortada a medida de Latinoamérica— Capital Madrid

How will Chilean cherries develop in Chinese market?— Fresh Plaza

Chinese developer fails to meet completion commitment; St Kitts Ramada resort still far, far away— Caribbean News

Talks with US key to better Sino-LatAm ties— Global Times 

Fruit Fight in Chile Reveals Hidden Ripples From U.S.-China Trade War— Bloomberg 

A Chinese garden in America’s backyard? Sino-LAC links in 2018— Global Times

China Fishery trustee lays out restructuring plan ahead of Peru sale— IntraFish

Bolsonaro will regret baiting the Chinese tiger— FT

China eager to include Caribbean— Barbados Today 

Secretary of State Pompeo to Press China Concerns in Brazil — WSJ

Llave china en la cooperación con Centroamérica— La Silla Rota

China impulsa envíos chilenos de carne y ventas superan los US$ 800 millones en el año— Economía y Negocios

Cómo juega la Argentina en la pelea entre EE.UU. y China— Clarín

China anuncia rebajas arancelarias a 700 productos extranjeros en 2019— El Comercio 

China y Perú firman acuerdo para construir sistema de alerta de sismos— Publimetro

China espera mayor competencia y menores ventas de cerezas durante esta temporada— Portal Fruticola

Importaciones chinas de cobre chileno alcanzaron un récord histórico en noviembre— Diario Financiero 

Importações da China devem superar US$ 2 trilhões em 2018— Agência Brasil

Construcción conjunta de la Franja y la Ruta impulsa cooperación entre China y América Latina— Xinhua

Korea — LAC

BCIE oficializará adhesión de Corea del Sur: Dante Mossi— Hondudiario

‘Colombia-Korea ties to expand through FTA, Pacific Alliance’— The Korea Herald

S. Korea Inks Deal To Join Central American Multilateral Development Bank— Urdu Point 

Korean-style apartment complexes go global— The Korea Herald 

Japan — LAC

We didn’t see anything this week - what did we miss?

India — LAC

Another success for ISRO: Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite to be launched on board PSLV in 2020— The Financial Express 

Peru Promotes Itself As A Solo Destination In India— T3

ASEAN & Oceania — LAC

We didn’t see anything this week - what did we miss?


Emirates revives plans for Mexico flights via Spain following government and airport talks — The National 

Argentina greenlights UAE financing for aqueduct — BNamericas 

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