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Chinese president plans state visit to Panama

Friday, November 23, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to Panama early next month, Panama's government announced, deepening ties that have sparked harsh rebukes from the United States.

Washington has expressed rising concern over the growing influence of China in the region and recalled its top diplomats from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama in September.

The dispute has turned Central America into a proxy battleground for influence between superpowers for the first time since the United States vied against the Soviet Union in the region during the Cold War.