Until the late 1980s, Japan was the only country in Asia with notable political and economic relations. Since then, however, several Asian nations have perceived growing links with the Latin American region as a means of diversifying their political and particularly economic relations while many Latin American decision-makers have increasingly recognised the strategic importance of East Asia in their foreign policy and foreign economic policy designs.
This book analyses the economic, political and socio-cultural relations between Asia and Latin America and examines their growing importance in international relations. In the first part of the book the contributors look at the policies, interests and strategies of individual Asian and Latin American states, while the second part delves into the analysis of multilateral institution-building in Asia-Latin America relations,. As such, Asia and Latin America will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of comparative politics, international relations, Asian politics and Latin American politics.
1. Introduction: The three-phase Encounter of Two Continents Jörn Dosch Part I : The Interests and Strategies of States and their Actors 2. Is China the Avant-Garde of East Asia in Latin America? Manfred Mols 3. Poaching in the Hegemon’s Backyard? Relations between China and Latin America and the US response Alberto Camarena 4. Japan and Latin America – can the Koizumi effect last? Caroline Rose 5. Transnational Migration and Identity - Brazil and Japan Share a Work Force June A. Gordon 6. Vietnam's Policy towards Latin America after the Cold War Ta Minh Tuan 7. Mexico’s East Asia Strategy Melba E. Falck Reyes and José Luis León-Manríquez 8. Peru and Chile: The Challenge of playing a determinant role in Multilateral Pacific Fora Olaf Jacob Part II: Multilateral and Inter-regional Relations 9. Interregionalism Without Regions: IBSA as a Form of Shallow Multilateralism Jürgen Rüland and Karsten Bechle 10. MERCOSUR’s Relations with East Asian Countries: A Critical Assessment Amalia Stuhldreher 11. Trade Bilateralism between Latin America and East Asia – Notions on the interplay with the WTO Howard Loewen 12. Non-Triadic Interregionalism: The case of FEALAC Gracia Abad 13. Inter-regionalism: A Comparative Analysis of ASEM and FEALAC Charalambos Tsardanidis