30 episodes

A podcast exploring the growing economic, political and social relationships between China and the Americas. Hosted by Rasheed Griffith.

China in the Americas Rasheed Griffith

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

A podcast exploring the growing economic, political and social relationships between China and the Americas. Hosted by Rasheed Griffith.

    To China or the Market? Commercial Creditors and Caribbean Debt Financing

    To China or the Market? Commercial Creditors and Caribbean Debt Financing

    To China or the market? Why borrow from a Private lender instead of China? In this episode, Rasheed talks to Federico Sequeda about why international US-based commercial creditors invest in Caribbean bond markets. 

    Federico Sequeda is Head of Country Research and Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets Team at Eaton Vance. Eaton Vance is a part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. 
    Key Points Include:
    Fundamental Debt MetricsWhy governments may prefer private financing over concessionary loans Do Chinese loans crowd out private creditors What are the data challenges in investing in emerging markets Creditor committee views on IMF structural adjustment programs Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    The Human Freedom Index (Fraser Economic Freedom Index, as heard in the episode)I recommend pairing this Episode 28 on the Legal Dynamics of Sovereign Debt Markets
    Connect with Federico Sequeda
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    LinkedInTwitter: @rasheedguo

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Panamá-China Relations

    Panamá-China Relations

    The Republic of Panama officially recognized the People's Republic of China in 2017. Ever since then, there has been a constant parade of op-eds from think tanks about the potential risk of China's advance in Central America. We are joined by Sebastian Naranjo, a PhD candidate at Renmin University in Beijing and an Asia Desk Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Panamá, to seek some truth from facts on this issue. 


    Why did Panamá cut diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of the PRC?How central is the canal to politics in Panamá? What tangible projects has the PRC assisted with in Panamá? How relevant is Chinese culture in the daily lives on Panamanians? Has Panama's relations with the USA soured in any way since 2017? We discussed these questions and more! 

    Recommendations: 
    Panamá y China: Una relación de tres siglos (Berta Alicia Chen)La Ruta de la Seda y Panamá (Eddie Tapiero) 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Legal Dynamics of Sovereign Debt Markets

    Legal Dynamics of Sovereign Debt Markets

    IMF Structural Adjustment Programs; Private Creditor Committees; Chinese bilateral loan contracts; Activist Hedge Funds; Paris Club vs China Development Bank.

    In foreign policy circles there is so much talk about Chinese  bilateral loans in Latin America and the Caribbean (and globally). But there seems to be little understanding of the dynamics sovereign debt markets which have important players like private investors and the International Monetary Fund. To discuss all of this we are joined by Thomas Laryea. 

    Thomas formerly served as Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for the IMF’s legal relations in finance and economic surveillance with each of its member countries. Since moving into private practice, Thomas has advised on several recent high-profile sovereign debt restructurings including Argentina, Belize, and Suriname.

    • 58 min
    Dollarization Equals Economic Freedom

    Dollarization Equals Economic Freedom

    U.S Foreign Policy in the Caribbean seldom contemplates Monetary Policy. Domestic currencies in the Caribbean pervert economic freedom. Rather than being seen as economic imperialism, the spread of United States Dollars in the Caribbean should be seen as the spread of economic freedom. I am joined by Dr. DeLisle Worrell, former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados to discuss why all Caribbean currencies should be permanently retired in favor of adopting the USD as the sole currency throughout the region.  We also discuss the potential of Chinese RMB internationalisation in the Caribbean.

    Further reading: The Time Has Come to Permanently Retire All Our Caribbean Currencies by Dr. Worrell

    Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more information on China in the Americas topics)

    Music: Night Nurse by Gregory Isaacs

    • 57 min
    Redux: China-LAC 2021 Top Stories

    Redux: China-LAC 2021 Top Stories

    In this episode I am joined by Ethan Knecht (author of The China-LAC Dispatch) and Mitch Hayes (author of The China Signal) for a roundtable discussion on what we think were the top stories of 2021 as it relates to China-Latin America & the Caribbean relations.

    Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more information on China in the Americas topics)

    Music: Silver Tongue Devil by Masego ft. Shenseea 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Canada-China Political Deep Freeze

    The Canada-China Political Deep Freeze

    Following the 2018 arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou 孟晚舟 on extradition charges to the USA, the political relationship of Canada and China has entered a "Deep Freeze" (as stated by David Mulroney, former Canadian Ambassador to China). In retaliation Chinese authorities arrested two Canadians in China; one of them recently sentenced to 11 years in jail.  Earlier this year Canadian parliament declared that the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjing, China amounts to "genocide". What is the current landscape of Sino-Canadian relations and where can the two countries go from here?

    This episode features Prof. Gordon Houlden: Director Emeritus China Institute, a Professor of Political Science, and an Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, serving in Ottawa and abroad. Twenty-two of his years in the Canadian Foreign Service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada, including five postings in China. His last assignment before joining the University of Alberta in 2008 was as Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. 

    Show Notes
    China in the Canadian Arctic Meng WanZhou Extradition case Canadian sentenced to 11 years in jail in ChinaChinese Ambassador to Canada interview
    Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more information on China in the Americas topics)

    Outro Music: Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

smglynn ,

Very informative!

China in the Americas is an excellent podcast for anyone who wants to understand the complex political and economic ties between China and (all of, not just the US) the Americas.

Tian F. ,

Excellent podcast

This is an excellent podcast; lots of insights into China’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean!

Chad Timblin ,

Deep, yet accessible

Host Rasheed Griffith does a fantastic job at interviewing his diverse guests. Rasheed and the guests display genuine passion for their work and the topics they discuss related to China’s relationships to the Americas. From my view, this podcast covers somewhat niche topics that don’t seem to get widespread media attention (at least in the U.S.), so it’s fillling a genuine void in the podcast space. I highly recommend this podcast for experts and newbies alike. The conversations are deep, but also largely accessible for those who don’t have much knowledge about the economic, political, and social relationships between China and the Americas. Also, the intro and outro music is fantastic! Keep up the stellar work, Rasheed!

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