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A strategic agenda for the Sino-South America relationship under China’s “new normal”

Working Paper #296

Marcos Reis, Santiago Bustelo

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This article analyzes from a strategic approach the relationship between South America and China, focusing on the current reform process in the largest Asian economy and its possible impacts on South American countries. It discusses the many changes that the Chinese economy has gone through in recent decades and also its most recent trends, characterized by a new era of slower growth, the so-called Chinese "new normal". Based on this perspective, the article studies China´s evolving relationship with Latin America, especially South America, and focuses on a closer examination of the Sino-Brazilian relationship as a case study to derive proposals for a strategic agenda for the coming years. After a brief introduction, the evolution of the economic and trade relations between China and South America in the first decade of the XXI century is analyzed. Another section discusses the current structural changes that the Chinese economy is facing under its reform process and its impacts on South America. The fourth part specifically studies the relationship between Brazil and China in the last years, as a case study to better understand the growing importance of China for South American countries. Finally, section five presents the concluding remarks.

This paper was coauthored by two young scholars, Santiago and Bustelo and Marcos Reis, who attended IPD's 2015 conference on " Exploring New Paths for Development: Experiences from Latin America and China" in Beijing, China. The research for this paper was made possible by the generous support from LUCE Foundation. 

About the Authors

Marcos Reis
PhD in Economics
Institute of Economics
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Marcos Reis is the IPD Young Scholar for the 2015 Latin America-China workshop in Beijing, China. He is also a PhD in Economics, Institute of Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IE-UFRJ), Brazil

Santiago Bustelo
Young Scholar
Argentina/Brazil

Publication Information

Type Working Papers
Program China, Governance of Globalization
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Posted 12/09/15