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.
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?
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.