The Expanding Chinese Footprint in Latin America - New Challenges for China, and Dilemmas for the US
Asie.Visions 49, February 2012
The physical presence of China in Latin America is entering a phase of significant expansion, as the logical consequence of the rapid growth over the past decade of its trade, investment, and infrastructure for doing business in the region. The new Chinese physical presence in Latin America is focused in five areas, each with its own dynamics and consequences: (1) leaders visits, business delegations, students and other official groups, (2) construction and infrastructure projects, (3) extractive industry investments and associated service companies, (4) retail and manufacturing, and (5) tourism. The growing Chinese physical presence will generate challenges which will make it increasingly difficult for the PRC to maintain, in fact, its policy of non-interference in the internal politics of the region.