Rainforest crowds the perimeter of a gravel quarry run by China Dalian International. Image by James Whitlow Delano. Suriname, 2012. Add this image to a lesson

As part of its program of global expansion, China has established a foothold in the South American county of Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana). A substantial proportion of the country’s population is now of Chinese nationality, and there are major implications for the country’s economy, social stability and rainforest environment – and of course the wider region. The award-winning photojournalist James Whitlow Delano has recently visited the country and produced the following report. Please follow the links below to view the multimedia footage and visit the photo gallery.

View the three-part multimedia series from The Quarterly Review.


Suriname, with its pristine environment, has become a pawn in a new Great Game as the balance of power in the Americas shifts from the United States toward China.


February 14, 2013 /
James Whitlow Delano
Award-winning photojournalist James Whitlow Delano visits South Dakota State University to discuss his recent work in South America and Asia.
November 21, 2012 /
James Whitlow Delano
Pulitzer Center grantee James Whitlow Delano traveled to Suriname to report on the Chinese population living and working in the small Amazonian country. James talks about his project in this video.