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Knock-off motorcycles that fill Haiti’s streets reveal an evolving relationship with China

— Supply Cycles

06. Trade Dispatches
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Joel Celestin used to paint calligraphy advertisements for soft drinks on the walls of Haiti’s capital. Then he got a motorcycle.

In Port-au-Prince, a motorcycle is an instant micro-business. With a small-engine model—125cc or 150cc—moto taxi drivers like Celestin can immediately start carrying clients and pocketing money, weaving through gridlock that suffocates full-size vehicles. In rural areas, motorcycles ferry people and produce between towns over often-impassable roads.

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