Latin America

Rivals drawn to Latin groove

A Brazilian worker on the production line for Mexican drinks maker Del Valle. Strong trading links are building within the region. Photo: AFP

Although the Chinese and US presidents heralded a "new model" of co-operation at their weekend summit, a growing competition looks more likely. The whirlwind of activity before Barack Obama hosted Xi Jinping in the California desert revealed that Beijing's and Washington's sights are set on a similar prize - and face differing challenges to attain it.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 3:49am

Xi, Biden vie to woo resource-rich Latin America

US Vice President Joe Biden

The competition between the world's two biggest economies for influence in Latin America is on display this week, with US Vice-President Joe Biden expected in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, near the end of a three-nation tour of the region, and President Xi Jinping close behind.

30 May 2013 - 4:52am

Guatemala's Efrain Rios Montt convicted of genocide, war crimes

Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of a 36-year genocide that left about 200,000 indigenous people dead or missing. Photo: AFP

Ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and war crimes stemming from massacres of indigenous people during Guatemala's long civil war.

12 May 2013 - 7:22am

Hugo Chavez reign highlights the pitfalls of populism

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Photo: Bloomberg

The death of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez last week after 14 years in power marks the end of an era. He leaves behind a legacy that politicians and members of the public, including those in China, would do well to reflect on.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Chavez's passing is opportunity to restore democratic institutions

Supporters of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cry in front of the Military Hospital. Photo: AFP

Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez was an extraordinary leader. His charisma and forceful manner ensured a string of decisive election victories that kept him in power from 1999 until his death from cancer on Tuesday at the age of 58. The creator of a socialist movement centred on reducing poverty and inequality, he had a legion of adoring fans across Latin America. But his controversial policies and divisive rule have left the nation in a sorry state, its politics deeply divided, its economy in a shambles and its judiciary and media broken.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am 1 comment

Why multilateralism is at a standstill

As a member of the G20, Brazil has been an important supporter of multilateralism, since free trade has been seen as beneficial. Photo: AP

After the Lunar New Year holiday, I visited Rio de Janeiro for a conference on the state of the global economy. I last visited Brazil in 1986, when the whole of Latin America was in the grip of a debt crisis. Today, Brazil is the "B" in the BRIC economies, with nominal gross domestic product of US$2.5 trillion, the seventh largest in the world. There is a quiet confidence in the air.

2 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Advice for new collectors of art

Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, founder of Puerto Roja. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, from Mexico, is the first art dealer in Hong Kong dedicated to Latin American art. She started the Puerta Roja gallery and is a board member of the the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association. She talks about the trends she sees in local art collecting.

What encouraged you to open a gallery in Hong Kong?

14 Jan 2013 - 7:38am

Farc rebels declare ceasefire as talks begin with Colombian government

Chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle makes a speech before boarding a plane to Havana at a military airport in Bogota. Photo: Xinhua

Colombia’s leftist Farc rebels on Monday declared a unilateral two-month ceasefire, at the start of talks in Cuba with the Bogota government on ending Latin America’s longest-running insurgency.

20 Nov 2012 - 12:02am

Violent Guatemala earthquake kills 48

Guatemalans stand among the destruction of the quake. Photo: AP

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake has rocked southwestern Guatemala, killing 48 people and injuring another 150, with more suspected victims missing in the wreckage.

9 Nov 2012 - 11:07am

Morning Clicks, August 22

Keywords: Press freedoms, Motorola, Africa, Pakistan, Latin America, Japan, Tibet

29 Aug 2012 - 3:06pm

Booming Panama not quite paradise

There is only one sound in Panama right now - the grind of thousands of concrete mixers churning out mortar for the huge building boom that has seen 50 skyscrapers popping up all over the capital.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A catholic education

Historic slave port, architectural jewel and former home of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cartagena de Indias - the Carthage of the New World - has always brought out the best and worst in people.

21 May 2006 - 12:00am

Carnival time for Latin America fund

Phenomenal equity performances in the Brazilian and Mexican markets have generated phenomenal returns for Threadneedle

21 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Get ready for a Latin American treat

From October 18 to November 20, Hong Kong will witness a series of activities highlighting Latin American art, culture, tradition and products.

The Latin America 2005 Festival aims to strengthen the relationship between South America and Asia, increase awareness of Latin American culture and encourage Hong Kong people to visit Latin America.

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Missing the point

The tiny smudge of a Caribbean country called Haiti has been Canada's primary foreign policy preoccupation in the western hemisphere for 20 years. We've poured money, material and manpower into the troubled island since the end of the dictatorship of the Duvalier family in the 1980s.

17 Aug 2005 - 12:00am