More than 100 years ago when the SS Ancon sailed into the history books as the first ship to transit the Panama Canal, the waterway was a display of American ingenuity and the Panama Canal Zone was firmly in U.S. hands. But the ship making the first official trip through the newly expanded canal on June 26 will be a Chinese megaship. The United States remains the most important user of the canal but world trade patterns have shifted in the past century and China has become the world’s largest trading nation.
More than 100 years ago when the SS Ancon sailed into the history books as the first ship to transit the Panama Canal, the waterway was a display of American ingenuity and the Panama Canal Zone was firmly in U.S. hands. But the ship making the first official trip through the newly expanded canal on June 26 will be a Chinese megaship. The United States remains the most important user of the canal but world trade patterns have shifted in the past century and China has become the world’s largest trading nation.

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