US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking on Friday in Mexico City. Photo: EPA-EFE

Mike Pompeo warns Panama and other nations about accepting China’s ‘belt and road’ loans

  • The United States’ own overseas investment agency is actively competing with China to finance infrastructure projects in Panama
  • ‘When China comes calling, it’s not always to the good of your citizens,’ the US secretary of state says
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking on Friday in Mexico City. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Owen Churchill

Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.