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Latin America - China Economic Relations

Task Force Chairs

  • Kevin P. Gallagher
    Associate Professor
    Department of International Relations
    Boston University
  • Stephany Griffith-Jones
    Financial Markets Program Director
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Margaret Myers
    Program Director
    China and Latin America Program
    Inter-American Dialogue
  • José Antonio Ocampo
    Co-President
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)

The economies of China and Latin America have become pillars of growth in today’s global economy. China’s lending to Latin America has reached $100 billion between 2005 and 2013. Now a key player in Latin America both in terms of trade and loan provision, China faces increasing challenges that are specific to the region’s political and economic situation. How China handles its presence in Latin America will shape China’s future on the international stage. Yet, there is a marked lack of policy dialogue between China and countries in Latin America. China’s image and reputation in Latin America remains misunderstood, which has led to protests, legal battles, and economic disruption. China’s new leader, President Xi Jinping, recognizes Latin America as one of China’s most important economic partners and his recent visits to the continent have demonstrated China’s determination to improve this relationship. However, engagement among scholars from China and those from countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Peru have remained limited. IPD’s annual China-Latin America task force will continue to work with an international group of researchers to address this information gap.  This groundbreaking program also provides annual travel and research stipend for eligible young scholars from Latin America, China and the U.S by attending the workshop and conduct field research. 

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