With the election of Laurentino Cortizo, did Beijing lose its man in Panama? Not necessarily. While President-elect Cortizo may be less inclined than his predecessor Varela to go all-in on China, he reminded Washington to pay more attention to Central America, or else…
“They need to pay more attention. While they’re not paying attention, another one is making advances”.
POTUS: you’ve been warned. Cutting off aid to El Salvador, Honduras & Guatemala in retaliation for a surge in immigrants to the US will have a price… throughout the region.
Picture credits: Reuters/Carlos Jasso