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Chinese New Year Costa RIca Chinese Community in Costa Rica Celebrates the New Year

The Chinese communities around the world prepare to welcome the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival this February 16, which is according to the Chinese calendar the Year of the Earth Dog. In Costa Rica the Chinese community has their own celebrations, one of them which is open to the general public will take place on Saturday, February 17 in San Jose’s Barrio Chino (China Town) from 10 a.m. an...

costa rica pineapple shipment Sweet! Chinese Demand Grows for Costa Rica’s Golden Pineapples

Costa Rica's first shipload of golden pineapples set sail for China in June of this year, and demand for the sweet variety is growing. Costa Rican pineapples face competition in the Chinese market from the Philippines, but exporters say their main concern is boosting production in order to meet both existing and new demand. "Our challenge is the increase in production ... At this moment the ex...

China Forges Deeper Strategic Partnership With Costa Rica

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday China is ready to make concerted efforts with Costa Rica to forge a closer, more extensive and deeper strategic partnership to better benefit the two peoples, and make greater contributions to regional peace and stability. Led by exchanges between the two heads of state, China-Costa Rica ties have seen steady development and fruitful results sinc...

Costa Rica’s New Police School Campus in Limón Built With Chinese Aid

Costa Rica's recently completed National Police School, which will open in October, has the capacity for housing 810 police officers, said the Ministry of Public Security. The campus consists of 29 buildings that make up the police training complex in La Rita de Pococí in the province of Limón. The infrastructure is estimated to have cost 12 billion colones, of which 9 billion were donated b...

Peru Exports to Costa Rica China Conditions Special Economic Zone in Costa Rica on New Airport, Roads

During a recent visit to Beijing, China by Costa Rica's foreign trade authorities, considerations for the creation of a Chinese funded and developed Special Economic Zone in Costa Rica were discussed. China presented results of a technical study undertaken to determine the feasibility of developing such a commercial zone. Moving forward on such a large scale and long-term initiative requires...

Chinese University to Support Economic and Business Studies Center in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Trade just returned with some good news from a recent visit to Beijing, said the Foreign Trade Ministry in a statement. Foreign Minister Alexander Mora together with the Costa Rica's Ambassador to China, Patricia Rodríguez, celebrated the countries 10 years of diplomatic relations during the recent visit. One of the main outcomes of the visit was a plan to es...

Costa Rican Exporters Seek Trade Opportunities With China

A year after Costa Rica and China signed a Joint Action Plan for Cooperation - 2016-2020, Costa Rican exporters are still waiting to sell their products across the Pacific. The Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters (CADEXCO) decided to push for action so that producers in Costa Rica can take advantage of the favorable conditions offered under this special agreement before more time elapses. C...

Costa Rica and China Celebrate 10 Years of Diplomatic Relations

As part of the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica last week celebrated the strengthening of ties between the two countries, reported the Foreign Ministry's office. At an activity at the National Theater, presided over by the President of the Republic Luis Guillermo ...

shipping containers guatemala First Costa Rican Pineapples Set Sail for China

In the midst of protests surrounding the growing production of pineapple in Costa Rica, Friday, Costa Rica sent its first shipment of pineapples from the Pacific port of Caldera to Shanghai, China. The nine ship containers containing over 15,000 cases of pineapples marks Costa Rica's entry into the Chinese tropical fruit market, said the Xinhua news agency. "This first shipment of pineapples...

Nicaragua’s Phantom Canal Has Had 87 Protests and No Builders

Nobody has heard much these days about the once highly touted interoceanic canal that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega proposed to build. Thousands of jobs, and millions in investments were gloriously promised to Nicaragua, without apparently any secure plans for carrying out the mammoth project. Four years after an agreement was signed between the Nicaragua government and a Chinese investor,...

Costa Rica’s Exports Rose to US$9.5 Billion in 2016

— Costa Rica’s exports grew 1.4 percent in 2016. The Statistics and Census Institute (INEC) reported this week on Costa Rica’s economic activity. Data from 2016 show an annual growth in exports of about 1.4 percent over 2015; rising from US$9.4 to US$9.5 billion. The country’s “non-traditional” exports, like medical devices and technology-related exports, are second only to fresh pineapple ...

Anyone in Costa Rica Interested in a 60 Million Dollar Pink Diamond

A 59.6 carat pink diamond could become the most expensive precious stone of its class on Apr. 4 at an auction organized by Sotheby's Hong Kong, the company said Wednesday. The "Pink Star" diamond was presented in Hong Kong on Wednesday, six days before it was to go on sale, and the final bid could exceed $60 million, according to expectations of the auction house. It was the biggest pink dia...

Andy Warhol’s Mao portrait Expected to fetch 15 Million In Hong Kong

An iconic portrait of China's Communist leader Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol will be up for auction for the first time in China on April 1 at Sotheby's in Hong Kong. The portrait, dating back to 1973, is expected to fetch between $12 million and $15 million. "It is the most expensive painting from a western artist in Sotheby's Hong Kong," the auction house's Asia head Isaure de Viel Castel said ...

China Agrees to Buy Costa Rican Pineapples

  Costa Rican pineapples obtained the green light to be sold in the Chinese market, announced Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX) yesterday. There are currently at least 20 companies interested in exporting pineapples to China. Dialogue with China on the possibility of exporting pineapple from Costa Rican began in 2010 when the pineapple sector expressed an interest in export...

Trump will calm Asian markets in first half of 2017, says HSBC

Uncertainty surrounding the economic policy in the United States under the new administration will bring financial stability to Asian markets during the first half of 2017, prominent economists and strategists of HSBC in Hong Kong said Thursday. Several financiers of the world's sixth largest bank by total assets said Donald Trump's political strategies will spur economic development during the f...

China Warns Tillerson, Sec’y State Pick, To Watch Fighting Words

BEIJING, Jan. 13 -- China's state tabloid accused U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state of "rabble rousing" and warned of "war," after Rex Tillerson condemned Beijing's construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea during his Senate confirmation hearing. The Global Times editorial published Friday called Tillerson's suggestion to block China's access to the...

Taiwanese Diplomacy in C. America and U.S. Stopover Anger China

Taipei, Jan. 7 — The president of Taiwan on Saturday embarked on a trip to Central America, with controversial stopovers in the United States, in a bid to strengthen the island nation's ties with Latin America after the re-emergence of its diplomatic war with China. Tsai Ing-wen, accompanied by businessmen and officials, will travel to Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador - four of Ta...

China Announces Ban on Ivory Trade by End of 2017

Today, we celebrate another big win for elephant conservation with China’s game-changing decision to end domestic ivory trade by 2017. The new regulations come as part of the government’s efforts to reduce demand for elephant ivory and help end the global elephant poaching crisis. "China’s announcement is a game changer for elephant conservation," said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of WWF. ...

Sale of McDonald’s $2 Billion China Franchise Reportedly Underway

Beijing, Dec. 28 — Fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's is considering selling its China franchise either to the Chinese state-owned financial conglomerate CITIC or the American investment fund Carlyle, official newspaper China Daily reported Wednesday. McDonald's operates more than 2,200 establishments in China and Hong Kong, valued at around $2 billion, according to the newspaper, which provid...

New Hydro Dam Symbolizes Ecuador’s Burgeoning Ties With China

Quito, Nov. 18 — Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping joined Ecuador's Rafael Correa on Friday for the inauguration of the Andean nation's largest hydroelectric dam, largely financed through a loan from China's Export-Import Bank. Ecuadorian and Chinese Presidents meet, source Facebook. A day after proclaiming a "comprehensive strategic association" between their two nations, the president...

Chinese President Tours South America To Boost Economic Ties

Beijing, Nov. 10 — China hopes to take its economic relations with Latin America to a new level as its president is set to begin an official tour of Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Chinese President Xi Jinping, source Facebook. During his tour, between Nov. 17 and 23, Xi Jinping will meet with presidents of the three countries and sign two separate sets of cooperation agreements, including econo...

Uruguay is China’s Gateway to S. American Markets, Says Official

Montevideo, Oct 25 — Uruguay is a "stable and legally safe" country that constitutes a gateway to Mercosur for Chinese investments, an official who was on this month's Uruguayan government mission to the Asian country said on Tuesday. Antonio Carambula, executive director of the institute of investment and exports Uruguay XXI, told Radio Uruguay that his country "is an open door" for China to t...

Ecuador Promotes Vegetable Ivory in China

Buttons made from tagua, and then dyed, Facebook. Shanghai, China, Oct. 12 – Tagua, the nut from a subtropical tree, also known as vegetable ivory because of its white color and hardness, is being promoted by trade body Pro Ecuador in collaboration with Hong Kong firm Yee Fung Hong in Shanghai this week. Tagua, also known as corozo, is increasingly used in the fashion world to substitute pl...

Chinese Space Station to Plummet to Earth

China’s decommissioned Tiangong-1 space station will likely fall to Earth late next year in an apparently unscheduled retirement. Launched in 2011, the small prototype space station was abandoned in 2013 at the end of its life span. Now, however, Chinese officials have announced that the space station will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere sometime late next year. The uncertainty about the exact date ...

Robots Begin Patrolling One of China’s Busiest Airports

CHINA TECHNOLOGY Anbot robot, from Facebook. Beijing, Sept. 26 — Shenzhen International Airport in southern China, one of the country's busiest airports, has employed robots to patrol one of its terminals, making it one of the first public places in China to do so. According to the official People's Daily, the Anbot robots are oval-shaped and resemble the Star Wars 'R2D2' robot or the Da...

Chinese Teen Kills Mother After Enduring Controversial Treatment

CHINA INCIDENTS Photo for illustrative purposes. Beijing, Sept. 24 — A Chinese girl aged 16 has been detained after she confessed to starving her mother to death, allegedly to avenge being sent by her parents to a notoriously harsh treatment center for Internet addiction, according to local media reports Saturday. The teenaged girl, identified by the police as Chen Xinran (not her real n...

Chinese Smugglers Driving Up Jaguar Killings in Bolivia

  Hundreds of jaguar's teeth have been seized in Bolivia The trafficking of jaguar teeth from Bolivia's natural parks to China has sparked worries that Asian smugglers are boosting this illegal trade. Between 2014 and 2016, 800 jaguar teeth have been seized by Bolivian authorities, suggesting that around 200 animals have been killed, reported the Bolivian Environment Forum (Foro Bo...

Mazda Recall Due to Defective Seal Rings

BEIJING, Sept. 17 -- The FAW Group, a state-owned car manufacturer, will recall 22,817 Mazda cars due to defective dusk seal rings, according to China's top quality supervisor. The affected vehicles include 3,881 Mazda CX-7 cars manufactured between Jan. 6, 2013 and Aug. 13, 2014, and 18,936 Mazda 8 cars manufactured between April 19, 2010 and July 21, 2014, the General Administration of Qu...

China Estimates Brazil-Peru Train Will Cost $60 Billion

Shanghai, China, Sept. 15 - The proposed inter-oceanic railroad linking South America's Atlantic coast with its Pacific shores via Brazil and Peru will cost around $60 billion, Peruvian Vice-President and Transport Minister Martin Vizcarra revealed Thursday. "The preliminary report says the corridor would exceed $60 billion; given these figures and other projects that could be more urgent, it h...

Xinhua Editorial Asks U.S. to Change Anti-terror Policy

Beijing, Sept. 12 - The U.S.-led war against terror has "led to more terrorism," and must be corrected, warned China's state-run news agency Xinhua yesterday on the 15th anniversary of the downing of the World Trade Center towers in New York City. An opinion piece by the news agency says military intervention in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and other places has led to European allies (of the U.S.) "to b...

Costa Rica to Participate in 10th China-Latam Business Summit

By Wendy Anders Source: PRC FM The China-Latin America 10th Annual Business Summit is set to take place in China's northern Hebei Province in October, reported the China Xinhua News Network Corporation today. Chinese officials visiting Costa Rica say the activity is intended to boost economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, and with the Latin American region as a whole. ...

Rare Talk with Mao’s Descendant Reveals Chinese Cultural Nuances

Mao Zedong declares the founding of the modern People's Republic of China, October 1, 1949. Wikipedia. Mao is not an easy family name to carry in China, and a great-nephew of the epochal Chinese leader Mao Zedong, seems to understand that well, and acknowledges the importance his family attaches to maintaining their ancestor's good name. Mao Anping, 72, spoke about his great-uncle's life an...

Giant Panda No Longer Listed as Endangered as Habitat Increases

By Wendy Ander Listed as Endangered since 1990, the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is now listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the group that assesses and catalogues plants and animals facing a high risk of global extinction. In a recent update of their Red List of Threatened Species, the IUCN says the Giant Panda’s population has grown...

Costa Rica Crime Suicidal Bus Driver in Taiwan May Have Killed 24 Tourists

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) The probe into last week's coach fire which killed 26 people - including 24 Chinese tourists - took an abrupt turn on Friday when prosecutors announced that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol and could have drunken alcohol to commit suicide. "Tests of the blood, urine and stomach residue of driver Su Ming-cheng showed that his blood al...

Activists Demand FedEx to Stop Shipping Shark Fins

Scores of animal rights activists gathered in front of a FedEx depot in western Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the international shipping company for transporting shark fins, an epa journalist reports. The demonstrators, from WildAid and Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF), dressed in blood-stained shark costumes and wielded signs reading "When the buying stops, the killing can too", alon...

BREAKING: China Orders Immediate Suspension of iPhone Sales

New quick-action gesture iPhone 6s Beijing, Jun 17 (EFE).- Chinese authorities have ordered technology giant Apple to suspend sales of its latest iPhone models in Beijing due to a lawsuit over a patent violation. The Chinese capital's Intellectual Property Bureau put sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on hold pending a lawsuit over infringement of a patent held by a Chinese company. ...

The U.S. Does Not Want China To Defend Its Own Territory

Beijing, Jan 5 (EFE).- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sent a clear warning to China on Sunday regarding Beijing's possible creation of an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, saying such a move would be a "provocative and destabilizing act." The hypothetical declaration of an air defense zone, discussed in China's state-run press last week, "would automatically raise tens...

Chilean Miners’ Rescue Capsule Arrives in China Along with Film

Wikimedia Commons Beijing, Mar 10 (EFE).- "The 33," the story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months, has arrived in Chinese theaters along with one of the capsules used to save them. The capsule, painted in the blue, red and white colors of the Chilean flag, was made by the Chilean navy to rescue the miners and will be on display in Beijing. "The 33,...

China lending to LatAm soared 200 percent to $29 billion, including $400m to Costa Rica

(Photo courtesy of Casa Presidencial) Chinese loans to Latin American and Caribbean governments and the region's state-owned firms climbed sharply in 2015 despite the slowing Chinese economy, rising to US $29 billion and focused once again on Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador, the Inter-American Dialogue public policy think tank said in its annual report issued this month. From nuclear power pl...

European Human Rights Workers Arrested and Harassed in China

By Tamara Gil Beijing, Jan 22 (EFE).- Chinese human rights lawyers were targeted initially and then Hong Kong-based book publishers, two of them holders of European passports, and now Chinese authorities have arrested the Swedish co-founder of a non-governmental organization. These are but the latest in a long list of individuals persecuted by the Chinese government in a crackdown that has c...