The Times podcast: China’s influence grows in Central America

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, right, and Ou Jianhong, China's ambassador to El Salvador
Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, right, and Ou Jianhong, China’s ambassador to El Salvador, left, place cement at a building site during the National Library’s foundation stone ceremony on Feb. 3 in San Salvador.
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There’s been a new Cold War brewing for years now between the United States and China. And a big battleground on that front is Central America.

Today, we look into how China’s billions of dollars and influence in Central America could strengthen a new generation of regimes hostile to the U.S.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times Latin America correspondent Kate Linthicum and USC international relations professor Carol Wise

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