In this book, Carol Wise and I examine the political and economic forces that have underpinned Chinese engagement in the region, as well as the ways in which these forces have shaped economic sectors and policy-making in Latin America.

The contributors begin with a review of developments in cross-Pacific statecraft, including the role of private, state-level, sub-national, and extra-regional actors that have influenced China-Latin America engagement in recent years. Part two of the book examines the variety of Latin American development trajectories borne of China’s growing global presence. Contributors analyze the effects of Chinese engagement on specific economic sectors, clusters (the LAC emerging economies), and sub-regions (Central America, the Southern Cone of South America, and the Andean region). Individual case studies draw out these themes.


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Political Economy of China–Latin America Relations in the 21st Century
Carol Wise and Margaret Myers

PART I: Cross-Pacific Statecraft: Aid and Capital Flows from China to Latin America

1 One Actor, Many Agents: China’s Latin America Policy in Theory and Practice
Benjamin Creutzfeldt

2 Cooperation and Mistrust between China and the U.S. in Latin America
R. Evan Ellis

3 China’s Economic Statecraft in Latin America: Evidence from China’s Policy Banks
Kevin P. Gallagher and Amos Irwin

4 Chinese Foreign Aid to Latin America: Trying to Win Friends and Influence People
Barbara Stallings

5 Chinese Agricultural Investment in Latin America: Less There Than Meets the Eye?
Guo Jie and Margaret Myers

6 Chinese–Peruvian Relations in the Mining Sector: Learning Step by Step
Cynthia Sanborn and Victoria Chonn Ching

PART II: Development Trends Since the Turn of the Millennium: A Critical Assessment

7 After the China Boom: What Now for Latin America’s Emerging Economies?
Carol Wise

8 The Agropolis: South America, China, and the Soybean Connection
Mariano Turzi

9 Central America, China, and the US: What Prospects for Development?
Rolando Avendaño and Jeff Dayton-Johnson

10 Who Wants What for Latin America? Voices For and Against the China-Backed Extractivist Development Model
Adam Chimienti and Benjamin Creutzfeldt

11 China–Brazil Economic Relations: Too Big to Fail?
Dawn Powell

Conclusion: Final Reflections on the China–Latin America Relationship
José Luis León-Manríquez