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Costa Rica in a diplomatic spat with its new ally in China over exporting of labor

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


A recent diplomatic spat between China and Costa Rica — which gained little notice outside the Spanish-language press — is the latest example of challenges Beijing faces in its effort to expand its influence overseas.
 
Laura Chinchilla, president of Costa Rica, and Chinese representatives have downplayed a recent diplomatic scuffle between the two countries.
 
The barb-trading centered on efforts by a Chinese construction firm to obtain visas for Chinese laborers in Costa Rica. Exporting labor is a key element of China’s overseas push in places like Africa and Latin America.
 
Original source: Wall Street Journal blog