Dr. Scott B. MacDonald is the Chief Economist for Smith’s Research and Gradings, a Global Americans Research Fellow, and a Caribbean Policy Consortium Fellow. He specializes in the global macroeconomic issues, Caribbean and Latin American affairs, and energy geopolitics. His latest book is The New Cold War, China and the Caribbean: Economic Statecraft, China and Strategic Realignments (Palgrave Macmillan 2022).
In October 2023, Nicaragua signed an agreement with China’s CAMC Engineering Company (中工国际工程) for the reconstruction, expansion, and upgrading of the Punta Huete International Airport (Yicai, October 18). The company
Introduction Although the U.S. remains the dominant geopolitical force in the Caribbean, China has established itself as the “other” great power in the region, exerting influence from the Bahamas in