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The China-Taiwan Tussle in the Americas
Apr 19 2023
The China-Taiwan Tussle in the Americas
With Honduras having switched sides to Beijing in March 2023, only 13 countries worldwide recognize Taiwan over China. More than half are in Latin America and the Caribbean. Why are so many of Taipei’s allies based in the region? What happens after a country chooses China? And what do upcoming elections in Paraguay and Guatemala—the two biggest economies that still recognize Taiwan—mean for the future of this East Asian diplomatic tug of war? Florida International University’s Leland Lazarus, who served in U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. foreign service, answers these questions and more in a conversation with AS/COA’s Carin Zissis.Learn more about upcoming elections with AS/COA’s 2023 guide: about elections in Guatemala in a prior episode: about Paraguay’s elections: our guest’s research:Red Flags among Golden Passports—An Analysis of Chinese Influence in Five Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Program at FIU Taiwan Can Learn from Honduras’ Switch to China, Foreign Policy, co-authored with Ryan C. Berg music in this episode is “El Choclo” performed by Sergio Reyes and Emilio Teubal for Americas Society. Watch the performance: out about upcoming concerts: musicoftheamericas.orgThis episode was produced by Jon Orbach. Luisa Leme is the executive producer. Carin Zissis is the host. Learn more about and subscribe to Latin America in Focus: us feedback at or via Twitter @ASCOA.