Columbus during the Saint Mary phase of his second voyage went on a spree of naming every island he saw after the virgin Mary: Santa Maria de la Galante, Santa Maria de la Montserrat, Santa Maria de la Antigua, and finally, Santa Maria de la Redonda--Saint Mary the Round.
This paper aims to dissect and analyze the relationship between the twin-island state and the Asian superpower to see who exactly is the biggest benefactor. Antigua and China’s economic histories are explored. This paper finds that although both parties benefit, Antigua’s benefits are in the economic short-run with very little long-term benefit. China benefits stronger from diplomatic power within the Latin American and Caribbean region.