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International relations

China closes in on US backyard in 'global game of go'

Feeling Beijing's pressure, Washington opens its wallet

People wave at a Chinese COSCO container vessel, after crossing the Panama Canal to the Pacific side, during its first ceremonial transit of the new Panama Canal expansion project in Cocoli on the outskirts of Panama City in June 2016.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- On a sunny day in July, a delegation of Taiwanese trade officials was invited to visit the El Salvador Coffee Council for a taste test of a freshly brewed cup of the Central American country's choice beans.

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