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Panama Cuts Ties With Taiwan, Builds New Relationship With China

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In a move that was shocking to some, and expected by many, Panama officially opened diplomatic relations with China this week, effectively ending more than a half century of partnership with Taiwan. The move comes as Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela looks to boost the country’s economy through stronger trade and manufacturing partnerships, with China as the golden goose. Varela and his government made it a point to stress that they are fully on board with China’s political policy regarding Taiwan, a move that shocked and angered both Panama’s Taiwanese community as well as many in Taiwan itself. In a statement made during a press conference involving both China and Panama, Varela stated:

“The Government of the Republic of Panama recognizes that there is only one China in the world, the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing all of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory,” Continue reading »

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Two Men Sought Terrorism Targets in US and Panama, Feds Say | Weekly News Roundup, June 9th, 2017

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Panama Woos Tourists With Non-Traditional Ad Campaign

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Panama is not for tourists, according to Panama’s tourism authority. If you had to read that twice, we understand. How could it be possible that Panama’s official agency of tourism wants to convince you of something that seems so counterproductive to their goal? Well, if you check out their latest ad campaign you’ll understand why. Panama isn’t trying to discourage tourism. In fact, they’re doing the opposite. Rather that promote Panama as just another stop on the list, they want to attract adventurers. They want Panama to represent a dynamic destination that goes far beyond the all-inclusive hotels, souvenir shops, and photo ops. In a bold move, Panama is encouraging a new type of traveler; one that will hopefully bring tourism numbers booming back. Continue reading »

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Cancer Identified in 700-Year-Old Bones From Panama | Weekly News Roundup, June 2nd, 2017

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Buying Property in Panama: What you need to look for

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If you’re planning on moving to Panama or investing in Panama, you’ve most likely considered buying property in Panama. The Panama real estate market has been one of the region’s hottest over the past ten years, and for good reason. Panama is ideal for real estate investment, whether you’re full-time, part-time, or just want to make a financial commitment. There are properties of all types and all prices, with new construction booming in pretty much every sector. Buying property in Panama, like anywhere else, does require a bit of research, however. You don’t want to rush your decision or make a bad choice that will cost you time and money. Here’s some valuable info that will help get you started. Continue reading »

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New Panama Canal Record Set by OOCL | Weekly News Roundup, May 26th, 2017

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Four Great Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Panama City

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It’s rainy season in Panama, and that means lots of wet afternoons, whether you’re here for a visit or are living in Panama. Panama’s rainy season lasts from May to December, and typically results in fewer tourists, yet better prices when it comes to activities (especially outdoor ones). There’s also still surprisingly lots to do! Here are four great ways we recommend spending a rainy day in Panama. Continue reading »

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First Quantum Minerals to Commission $5.5b Panama Copper Project | Weekly News Roundup, May 19th, 2017

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Five Great Ways to Stay Fit in Panama

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Whether you’re visiting Panama, relocating to Panama, or retiring in Panama, if you’re into fitness, you’ll want to keep up your routine while here. Panama is known for its laid-back, relaxed lifestyle, beaches, and year-round warm weather, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a place for active people. On the contrary, Panama is great for getting in shape, staying fit, and living a healthy lifestyle, no matter what the pace. Here are five examples of ways to do it. Continue reading »

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Pittsburgh to Panama? Airport Authority in Talks With Copa Airlines | Weekly News Roundup, May 12th, 2017

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