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Eight Indian companies—OVL, Reliance Industries, Essar Oil, BPCL, Oil India, Videocon Industries, Assam Company, and Indian Oil Corporation—are part of 12 joint ventures in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Cuba, and Peru.

The Director-General of the Latin America and Caribbean Affairs Bureau at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlines his country’s many areas of cooperation with the region.

Likely top stories this week: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Colombia and Brazil; Argentines vote in congressional primary elections; FARC and Colombian government hail progress in peace talks; Panama concludes its inspection of the North Korean ship Chong Chon Gang; and documents reveal details of Brazilian dictatorship-era spying.

The leaders of the United States and China have crisscrossed the region in recent months, but the success of diplomatic overtures also depends on the public’s trust in each country.

Mexico and China have often seen each other as rivals as they compete for market share in the United States. 

The Chinese president’s two-day trip to Mexico signifies the improved Mexico-China relationship and foreshadows a more robust partnership.

On his second trip abroad since taking office, Chinese President Xi Jinping began his tour of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago today. He will also visit Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States as Vice President Biden finishes his own Latin American tour.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala concluded a five-day visit to the People’s Republic of China after meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and representatives of top corporations on Monday. The objective of the meetings is to boost bilateral relations and attract strategic Chinese investments in Peru.

Proposals to limit the scope of the IACHR would reverse decades of progress in human rights in the region.

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