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Beyond Debt Traps: The Co-Production of China-Latin America Relations

Date & Time

May. 25, 2023
10:00am – 11:15am ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


In Washington, Chinese ambitions and initiatives in Latin America are usually framed as problematic for U.S. interests. Different narratives prevail in the region itself, where actors have been both skeptical of Chinese motivations and, at times, grateful for Chinese involvement. Chinese policy actors have also approached the region with a range of motivations. These differing but often intersecting interests of Latin American and Chinese stakeholders are continuously shaping the fortunes of Sino-Latin American diplomacy.

Building on her previous work on China's local-level engagement across Latin America, Margaret Myers' forthcoming book project explores the complex and intersecting fabric of actors and institutions, each with disparate motivations, that are shaping the China-Latin America dynamic at present. Through a series of journalistic renderings, this book will showcase some of the individuals, communities, civil society organizations, and myriad other actors responsible for crafting China-Latin America commercial and diplomatic ties. 

Hosted By

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Kissinger Institute works to ensure that China policy serves American long-term interests and is founded in understanding of historical and cultural factors in bilateral relations and in accurate assessment of the aspirations of China’s government and people.  Read more

Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and US institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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