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China, Latin America and the Changing Architecture of Trans-Pacific Engagement

By Margaret Myers
May 29, 2013

A written summary of this event will be posted shortly.

The Inter-American Dialogue and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Section for Asia and the Americas were pleased to host a discussion of economic integration along the Pacific Rim. Latin American nations are increasingly supportive of multilateral strategies for advancing common interests vis-à-vis Asia. The Pacific Alliance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in particular, endeavor to harmonize trans-Pacific trade and investment. How do Latin American countries intend to leverage emerging trans-Pacific agreements to encourage economic integration? How does China view these arrangements? And how will the changing architecture of the Pacific Rim affect Chinese interests in Latin America?

Our featured speakers were Adrian Hearn of the University of Sydney, His Excellency Felipe Bulnes, Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Barbara Kotschwar, a research fellow and regional integration specialist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Zhang Xuegang, a trade expert at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations. Each offered perspectives on possibilities for trans-Pacific economic integration. Ambassador Carla Hills, CEO of Hills& Company, former U.S. Trade Representative and co-chair of the Dialogue’s Board of Directors, moderated.