Latin America

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

Rivals drawn to Latin groove

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.