Latin America and the Caribbean's (LAC) relationship with China has passed through many stages in the last few decades. It is only after the 1990s that this relationship has entered a new stage: China has recently become LAC's second largest trading partner and its second major source of foreign direct ...

China’s rise has exerted a well-documented economic impact in Latin America. South American economists worry about the loss of value-adding industries as raw materials like iron ore, copper, oil, and soybeans come to dominate their exports to China (currently more than 90 percent).  The region’s economies, say the critics, are ...

In an interview with The Cipher Brief, Boston University Professor Kevin Gallagher sees Chinese and American interests in Latin America as complementary. The Cipher Brief:  Broadly speaking, how do you view China’s increased involvement in Latin America?  Is it a good thing for Latin America? The U.S.? Kevin Gallagher: China's ...

The Cipher Brief spoke to R. Evan Ellis, a professor at the U.S. Army War College, who said that while China does not directly challenge U.S. interests in Latin America, it in essence underwrites rogue regimes in the region that are opposed to U.S. policies. The Cipher Brief: What are ...