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The 'two Chinas' and Panama: an historical review of Panamanian relations with the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, 1903–2017

Carlos Herrera, Luis, Montenegro, Markelda and Torres–Lista, Virginia (2020) The 'two Chinas' and Panama: an historical review of Panamanian relations with the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, 1903–2017. Working paper (02/2020). LSE Global South Unit, London, UK. ISBN 9789962852414

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Abstract

This paper offers a historical overview of Panama’s ties with the “two Chinas”, focusing initially on Asian migration to the Isthmus of Panama before the territory became part of New Granada (Colombia). This migration was the result of Chinese labourers being recruited to work for the Panama railway construction company from 1850-1855 and, a few decades later, for construction of the French Canal and the Panama Canal. This will be followed by an examination of the Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) respective policies towards Panama. In addition, this paper analyses the new social, political, and economic scenarios resulting from Panama’s decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China in June 2017. Panama’s engagement with China, particularly its links with China’s signature Belt and Road Initiative presents opportunities and challenges for the Central American country as it balances these with its national priorities.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 16:18
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 08:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110976

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