Analysis: Ecuador’s insecure dam and unpayable debt – another of Xi Jinping’s questionable deals

The Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant represented one of Beijing's largest infrastructure projects in Ecuador, but defects, poor maintainance and environmental damage have made the construction loan difficult to repay.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While China's Xi Jinping's foreign policy is becoming increasingly nationalistic, he is maintaining unchanged his aggressive economic strategy in Latin America, particularly in countries like Ecuador with shaky accounts and little infrastructure.

Since 2010 -when this strategy was stepped up- Beijing has granted loans worth tens of billions of dollars. That year alone, disbursements were as tempting as they were overwhelming for Latin rulers: US$35 billion . . .

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