Who's competing for power in 2022?
As electoral years go 2022 is set to be unusually quiet in Latin America. Those elections that are scheduled to take place, however, are likely to be loud and noisy affairs.
On his 1-6 December 2019 visit to China, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced the latest infrastructure investment from the country’s new Asian benefactor would be “gigantic” and “non-refundable”. Ambiguous in his stance on China prior to his predecessor Salvador Sánchez Cerén (2014-2019) severing ties with Taiwan in August 2018, Bukele’s newly unequivocal support for the ‘One China Policy’ won him a water treatment plant and a new sports arena. Such investment harks back to the decades-old ‘stadium diplomacy’ that won Beijing allies worldwide, including Costa Rica in 2007 and various Caribbean nations between the 1980s and early 2000s.
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