China has become an essential, reliable partner for Latin American nations, while the United States, under the Trump Adminstration, has alienated itself away from longtime regional partners.
Congressional Testimony: Dollar Diplomacy or Debt Trap? Examining China’s Role in the Western Hemisphere
Margaret Myers, Director of the Dialogue’s Asia & Latin America Program, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the subject of “Dollar Diplomacy or Debt Trap? Examining China’s Role in the Western Hemisphere.”
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Latin America Aug. 11-19, with stops in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. Kono’s priorities during the trip were strengthening economic cooperation and trade ties with the region, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and seeking support on diplomatic issues, including those related to North Korea, NHK reported. What did he accomplish during his tour? Where are Japan-Latin America relations headed? Does Japan have a clear and coherent strategy in Latin America? Which sectors and countries in the region are of greatest importance for Japan, and what is driving that interest?