On Monday, July 10th, 2017, the Inter-American Dialogue was recognized at the 16th annual Think Tank Awards sponsored by the British publication Prospect. The Dialogue won the “One to Watch” award, which—along with “Best Think Tank”—was one of only two categories open to all think tanks, regardless of country or area of focus.
Latin America is still a stronghold for Taiwan. But the numbers are dwindling and it seems that many countries are coming to the conclusion that strong ties with Beijing in order to attract investments and improve trade ties, is perhaps in their best interest.
Chinese policy loans to Latin America have been conspicuous (see chart) and have sought to generate financial returns as much as political influence. Yet despite the region’s recent economic troubles, Beijing has remained committed to its closest partners, notes Margaret Myers, director of the Latin America and the World programme at the Inter-American Dialogue, a think-tank.
China has always been wary of how the U.S. perceives its engagement in Latin America. And if we see less U.S. engagement, or not particularly productive engagement, this leaves more room for China to open doors.