Chinese Finance in Latin America
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China’s overseas financing is a distinct form of capital that marshals the country’s vast domestic resources to create commercial opportunities internationally. China's long-term risk tolerance and lack of policy conditionality has allowed developing countries to sidestep the fiscal austerity and other conditionality of Western lenders and international development banks. In Latin America, what have been the impacts of China's state-led capitalism, and the costs and benefits of state versus market approaches to development? How does China's "patient capital" affect governance and related issues of transparency across the Americas? How will Chinese leaders react to the ongoing struggles of Latin American countries with debt and dependency?
The Latin American Program, the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, the Mexico Institute, and the Brazil Institute discussed these issues in light of a new book by former Wilson Center Fellow Stephen B. Kaplan, Globalizing Patient Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Finance in the Americas.
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Stephen B. Kaplan
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
Latin American Program
The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American 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 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
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The mission of Kissinger Institute on China and the United States is to ensure that informed engagement remains the cornerstone of U.S.-China relations. Read more
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 U.S. institutions in all sectors. Read more
The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute. Read more