1st Edition

China-Latin America and the Caribbean Assessment and Outlook

Edited By Thierry Kellner, Sophie Wintgens Copyright 2021
    248 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book assesses the political, economic and geopolitical dynamics that China’s presence has initiated throughout Latin America and the Caribbean between 2008 and 2020.

    Written by experts across three continents, contributions to this edited volume explore the bilateral relations that China has developed with almost all Latin American and Caribbean countries, charting both the benefits they have brought and the problems that these relations have created for local actors. The book analyses the emergence of new forms of "dependence", considers issues such as the existence of a deindustrialization phenomenon throughout Latin America and ultimately questions whether China and the United States are engaged in a zero-sum game in the region. It also investigates challenges that the densification of the web of China’s relations and exchanges with Latin America and the Caribbean countries pose; not only to the United States and European countries, as traditional partners of these states, but also to Latin American regionalism.

    Including an extensive set of case studies and local, regional and global-level analysis, China-Latin America and the Caribbean provides an empirically rich resource for students and scholars of Chinese foreign and economic policy, Latin America, the Caribbean and wider geopolitics.


    1. The Opportunities and Challenges of the BRI in Latin America: A view from China 

    Liu Jianhua

    2. Latin America’s current socioeconomic relationship with China: Conditions and challenges. The case for China’s overseas foreign direct investment in Latin America 

    Enrique Dussel Peters

    3. The People’s Republic of China’s South–South Relations with the Mercosur countries: Regionalism at issue facing the win–win principle 

    Lincoln Bizzozero Revelez

    4. Is China’s economic expansion responsible for pushing Latin America back in the periphery of the World Economy? 

    Jean-Christophe Defraigne, David Villalobos

    5. China as a competitor of the European Union in Latin America

    Detlef Nolte


    6. Brazilian Foreign Policy to China in the 21st Century (2003-2019): Trends, Transitions and Implications 

    Danielly Ramos Becard, Antônio Carlos Lessa

    7. China-Argentina: A new core-periphery relationship 

    Raúl Bernal-Meza

    8. The triangular relation between China, the United States and Venezuela 

    Ana Soliz de Stange

    9. Chinese trade and investments in Bolivia during Evo Morales administrations. South-South or dependency relations? 

    Valeria Marina Valle

    10. The China-Peru Relationship under the new China’s Economic Paradigm 

    Gabriel Arrieta


    11. China-Central American Relationship in the Context of Tensions Between China, Russia and the United States 

    Carlos Murillo Zamora

    12. The rise of China in Panama under Varela (2014–2019): A new Latin-American pivot of the Silk Road or a ‘tour de valse’? 

    Thierry Kellner, Sophie Wintgens

    13. Geopolitics in Central America: China and El Salvador in the 21st Century 

    Álvaro Mendez

    14. The intensification of China’s presence in the insular Caribbean: The case of Cuba

    Eric Dubesset


    Thierry Kellner is Doctor in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is associated with several ULB research centres (REPI, EASt, OMAM, CECID, IEE) and the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP, Brussels).

    Sophie Wintgens (PhD) is Lecturer at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and at the Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). She is also associated with several ULB (CEVIPOL, AmericaS) and ULiège (CEFIR) research centres.