Latin America’s Role in China’s Energy Security: Framing the Debate

In a new Inter-American Dialogue publication, Iacob Koch-Weser examines Latin America’s role in China’s energy security. He finds that Latin America is often portrayed as a vital commodity exporter to China, but ...


What Is Behind the Nicaragua Canal Controversy?

The U.S. Embassy in Managua on Jan. 6 expressed concerns about a lack of transparency surrounding the proposed $50 billion project to build a canal across Nicaragua. In 2013, the ...


What now for China-LAC?

by Margaret Myers China is an increasingly important economic partner for Latin America. Although the Chinese economy has slowed somewhat in recent years, trade and investment in LAC are on ...

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China’s Energy Experts

In a new Dialogue publication on Chinese energy engagement with Latin America, Koch-Weser reviews the writings of energy experts at China’s top research institutions. Koch-Weser finds that articles by Chinese scholars in English-language energy journals offer a wealth of technical analysis on China’s role in global oil markets, including: Modeling China’s strategic petroleum reserve scenarios (Bai […]

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On China-CELAC…

Some brief thoughts on the China-CELAC Forum and its significance.

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China, CELAC, and the State of China-Latin America Relations

The first ministerial meeting of the China-CELAC forum opens today in Beijing with members expected to discuss cooperation between Latin America and the Caribbean and China as well as the creation of institutions between the 33-member bloc and China. The presidents of Venezuela, Ecuador and Costa Rica are among the leaders attending. What is the […]

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Ecuador and Venezuela seek Chinese support amid oil price decline

As oil prices drop, Venezuela and Ecuador are turning to China for more in the way of financial support. Venezuela’s finance minister, Rodolfo Marco Torres, traveled east on December 2nd for meetings with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China Eximbank, China Development Bank (CDB), Bank of China, PBoC, and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). […]

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Japanese Finance in Latin America

The unprecedented expansion of credit from Chinese policy banks to Latin America has captured the attention of analysts and media alike. Against this backdrop, equally sizeable and growing Japanese lending in the region tends to go overlooked and underreported. But Japanese finance is visible across countries and sectors in the Western Hemisphere. The experiences of […]

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On the China-Mexico Rail Deal

The Chinese public continues to criticize Mexico’s cancellation last week of a prestigious railway deal with a consortium of Chinese and Mexican firms. After (then unconfirmed) news surfaced last Thursday that Mexico would revoke its agreement, some Chinese took to Weibo, China’s Twitter/Facebook hybrid, to condemn Mexico’s perceived dishonesty and caution against future dealings with the […]

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China’s Growing Presence in the Caribbean

China’s rapid economic growth and increasing international reach creates new possibilities for trade, investment and finance in the Caribbean, according to of Dragon in the Caribbean: China’s Global Re-dimensioning – Challenges and Opportunities for the Caribbean, a new book by Ambassador Richard Bernal of the Inter-American Development Bank. The Inter-American Dialogue was pleased to host […]

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Chinese Media Eye Venezuela Debt and Brazil Elections

The Inter-American Dialogue’s China and Latin America program is pleased to provide monthly reports on China’s media coverage of Latin America. Though still relatively limited, Chinese media reporting on Latin America has expanded in recent years. Coverage generally highlights economic opportunities in the region, high-level visits, and security and other challenges evident in certain Latin […]

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CORRECTION: Changes to China-Venezuela Loan Agreement

On October 20, 2014 the China and Latin America blog published an update on recent changes to the Venezuela-China Fund Agreement that contains several inaccuracies. The amended version below includes corrections based on new information: The China-Venezuela Joint Fund channels contributions from both governments to support social and economic programs in Venezuela. Chinese loans to […]

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