Editorial Staff
4 months ago

Editorial Staff
4 months ago

China could surpass the US as trading partner to Antigua and region

Cargo ship terminal, Unloading crane of cargo ship terminal, Industrial port with containers and container ship.

As China’s trade investments with the Caribbean and Latin America continue to increase, experts predict that it could surpass the United States as the main trading partner of these regions within the next few years, including Antigua and Barbuda

This growth is largely attributed to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which extends to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Analysts predict that China’s trade with Latin America and the Caribbean could surpass $700 billion by 2035, with China becoming the region’s top trading partner.

The BRI offers an opportunity for countries to develop while maintaining their autonomy, and it continues to be well-received globally.

In fact, almost 75% of the world’s population and more than half of the world’s GDP participate in it. Since its inception in 2013, the BRI has generated nearly US$1 trillion in investment and formed more than 3,000 cooperation projects.

Trinidad and Tobago, the first Caribbean country to sign onto the BRI in 2018, will launch a project under the initiative later this year.

The Phoenix Park Industrial Estate spans 144 acres in Point Lisas. It promises to give clients unique access to global consumer markets due to its strategic location near an international and containerized port served by global shipping lines.

It is just one of many projects that China is investing in throughout the region.

Overall, the BRI provides a new sign of openness with Chinese diplomacy that respects the cultural diversity and sovereignty of participating states.

As China’s trade with BRI countries continues to grow, it is likely that we will see even more investment and cooperation projects in the coming years.

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I for one will be shipping in my supplies from the U.S. Good luck with the sub-par, low grade, questionable quality, Chinese cheap goods. I prefer not to be poisoned nor suffer the health effects of the contaminated, toxic Chinese goods shipped into Antigua! Do you people really think the Chinese are our friends? They will systemically wipe us out and eventually take our place. It’s called Strategic Alternative Colonization!!!!🤷🤨

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    • Lionel Hurst

      Those who doubt Chinese superior strategy for winning friends and trading partners, must rely upon anti-China propaganda to make their case. China’s Belt and Road initiative is very much like the USA’s Marshall Plan for Europe after World War II. The Europeans scorned the USA, calling it “nouveau riche” and other forms of derision. They soon found out who had the superior economic tools to rescue them. China has set about to move developing countries into the stream that will likely reduce poverty and slow growth into a faster development track. Wealthy states May scorn the poor today, including small island states. China continues to prove that she is our friend. Let the competition begin!
      Lionel Hurst

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