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Panama President Aims To Restart China Trade Talks Immediately

  • President Cortizo to push for more market access in China
  • US remains Panama’s biggest strategic ally, Cortizo says
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Panama President Laurentino Cortizo speaks with Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor and Head of Bloomberg Economics at the Bloomberg New Economy Gateway Latin America.Source: Bloomberg

Panama President Laurentino Cortizo said he intends to immediately restart negotiations with China over a free trade agreement, after conversations were put on hold during the pandemic.

“At this moment, we are planning to again begin negotiations with China for a trade agreement -- now,” Cortizo said during an interview at Bloomberg’s New Economy Gateway Latin America in Panama City. He didn’t provide further specifics on the timing of the negotiations.