Where Xi leads, Abe follows? China, Japan compete in Latin America

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Latin America immediately follows the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Both are chasing investment and energy deals, although with different strategies.

By , Staff Writer

Andrea De Silva/Reuters

No sooner had Chinese President Xi Jinping left Latin America than Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe arrived there, as Asia’s two largest economies and greatest political rivals vie for influence in a region traditionally under the sway of the United States.