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The Inter-American Dialogue's China and Latin America blog features timely updates and expert commentary on China's political and economic engagement with Latin American countries.


Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Latin America

Although trade is booming, Chinese investment in Latin American agriculture is relatively limited, and far less focused on “land grab” activity than generally believed. 

Korea, the TPP, and Latin America

The South Korean government’s plans to eventually take part in the  Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have implications for Latin America.




The Inter-American Dialogue’s China and Latin America program engages and informs academics, policy makers, and private sector leaders from China, Latin America, and the United States on evolving themes in China-Latin America relations. We seek to determine areas of interest, identify shared priorities, and establish various means by which emerging relationships can be made productive for all countries involved. Our working group, program events, and publications aim to address perceived challenges by forging the basis for constructive, mutually beneficial relations between China, Latin America, and the United States over the long term.

El Diálogo Interamericano convoca a connotados actores de los sectores público y privado de China, América Latina, y Estados Unidos a abordar las problemáticas y coyunturas entre China y América Latina. Apunta a definir áreas de interés y identificar prioridades compartidas entre todos los partes. Nuestros grupos de trabajo, tanto como nuestros eventos y publicaciones, intentan medir los desafíos percibidos y construir una base para relaciones constructivas y mutualmente beneficiosas.


Michael Shifter, President
Margaret Myers, Program Director
Paul Shortell, Program Assistant
Xingjun Ye, Intern
Ge Zhang, Intern
Yuan Wang, Intern

For more information, contact Margaret Myers at or (202) 463-2575.

Chinese Finance to Latin America Tops $100 Billion Since 2005, by Amos Irwin and Kevin Gallagher, Inter-American Dialogue, April 2014. (Click here to read article in Chinese)

China's Rising Investment Profile in the Caribbean, by Richard L. Bernal, China and Latin America Economics Brief, Inter-American Dialogue, October 2013.

Asian and Latin American City Competitiveness, by Marco Kamiya, China and Latin America Economics Brief, Inter-American Dialogue, September 2013.

Os Novos Bancos em Cena: Financiamentos chineses na América Latina, por Kevin Gallagher, Amos Irwin, e Katherine Koleski, Diálogo Interamericano, June 2013.

Latin America’s Role in RMB Internationalization, by Jahangir Aziz, China and Latin America Economics Brief, Inter-American Dialogue, January 2013.


China and Latin America in 2013 (Chinese Version Here), Margaret Myers and Peter Hakim in China Policy Review, January 9, 2014.

China Eyes Latin America to Fill Its Kitchen Cupboard (Chinese Version Here), Margaret Myers in Caixin, January 9, 2014.

China's Appetite for Risk in Venezuela, Margaret Myers in China and Latin America, Inter-American Dialogue blog, October 23, 2013.

Chinese Investment in Brazil: An Overview of Shifting Trends, by Tania O'Conor, Inter-American Dialogue, September 2013.

How Important Is Chinese Lending to Latin America?, by Margaret Myers, Sun Hongbo, Matt Ferchen, and Erik Bethel, Latin America Energy Advisor, August 8, 2013.

China y EE.UU. en Latam: ¿quien gana?, by Peter Hakim, Infolatam, July 30, 2013.

¿Qué significará el 12º Plan Quinquenal de China para las relaciones sino-latinoamericanas?, by Margaret Myers and Yang Zhimin, Apuntes, April 2013.

What Is Driving Peru's Relationship With China?, by Cynthia McClintock, Margaret Myers, and Carlos Mateo Paz-Soldan, Latin America Advisor, March 19, 2013.

What Chavez Taught China, by Margaret Myers, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, January 18, 2013.

How 'Strategically Important' Is Latin America for China?, by Erik Bethel, Margaret Myers, and Sun Hongbo, Latin America Advisor, January 18, 2013.




The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America, January 9, 2014.

Latin American Perceptions of China, July 23, 2013.

China Foreign Ministry Visit, July 11, 2013.

Nicaragua's Canal: What Should We Expect?, June 19, 2013.

CIVETS: ¿Qué son? y ¿Cómo influyen en la nueva cara de Colombia al mundo?, June 6, 2013.

Demystifying Russia-Latin America Relations, May 30, 2013.

China, Latin America, and the Changing Architecture of Trans-Pacific Engagement, May 29, 2013.

Perspectives on the Future of China-Venezuela Relations, March 22, 2013.


The Dialogue has assembled a Working Group of experts from the United States, Latin America, China and Australia to examine  areas of critical interest in the China-Latin America relationship. The Working Group’s inaugural meeting took place on September 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Since then, the Dialogue has held a number of other topic-specific meetings.

China-LAC Mining Workshop, May 14, 2014.

Details to follow.

China-LAC Agriculture Workshop, November 20, 2013.

Agenda and Background Reading

China-LAC Energy Workshop, March 21, 2013.

Agenda and Working Paper Drafts

Rapporteur's Report

3rd Working Group Meeting, September 20, 2012.

Rapporteur's Report

2nd Working Group Meeting, February 16, 2012.

Rapporteur's Report

Agenda and Working Paper Drafts

1st Working Group Meeting, September 15, 2011.

Rapporteur's Report

Participant List


Flexible friends: Chinese lending to Latin America, The Economist, April 12, 2014.

China has become LatAm's banker, MercoPress, April 10, 2014.

Projeto chinês de US$ 2 bi ni Bahia dá lugar a mato, Margaret Myers in Folha de Sao Paulo, April 6, 2014.

Argentina and Venezuela main recipients of Chinese lending (Chinese language article), Reference News (Xinhua), 4 April, 2014.

Overall Chinese lending to LatAm reached US$20bn in 2013, Business News Americas, 4 April, 2014.

China se posiciona en América Latina Michael Shifter in La Nota Económica 4 April, 2014.

China's trade with Latin America set to outpace EU within two years, Margaret Myers and Peter Hakim in South China Morning Post, March 17, 2014.

ICBC begins operating in Peru, Margaret Myers in China Daily, February 10, 2014.

Nicaragua prepara un 'mega canal' para robarle el negocio a Panamá, Margaret Myers in La Estrella, January 5, 2014.

Inversiones chinas en Brasil han caído desde el 2010, the Dialogue in Infolatam, November 3, 2013.

China Economy: The domino effect, Margaret Myers in Emerging Markets, October 9, 2013.

Was Maduro's Recent Trip to China a Success?, Margaret Myers in Latin American Advisor, September 30, 2013.

Educación: la clave para América Latina, Margaret Myers in La Prensa, September 12, 2013.

Improving the Flavour of the Chinese Menu in the Caribbean, Dialogue report in Huntington News, August 15, 2013.

No ties? No problem as China courts Taiwan's remaining allies, Margaret Myers in Reuters, August 6, 2013.

Despenca crédito da China para América Latina, Margaret Myers in Folha de S.Paulo, August 2, 2013.

Report: China's Caribbean lending slows, Dialogue Report in The BVI Beacon, July 24, 2013.

Can China finally make the Nicaragua canal dream happen?, Dialogue Resource in Alaska Dispatch, July 24, 2013.

China convertida en banquero de Latinoamérica, Dialogue Resource in Voz de America, July 23, 2013.

China-Latin America Finance Database, Dialogue Resource in Infolatam, July 23, 2013.