China Looks to Latin America Amidst US Trade Dispute

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As the Sino-US trade war rages on, China is looking to boost commercial activity in Latin America and other regions through new projects and agreements. These efforts, Beijing hopes, will lessen the effects of trade-related “wind and rain,” especially as China grapples with a range of structural economic issues at home.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, China remains focused – under the auspices of the Belt and Road Initiative – on boosting and securing trade by improving transport logistics. Chinese construction firms such as China Harbour Engineering Company and China Communications Construction Company are involved in a wide variety of infrastructure connectivity projects across the region, with particular attention to port development and operation.

Large-scale, China-backed projects such as Argentina’s Belgrano Cargas rail renovation and the Peru-Brazil railway – stretching from the coast of Peru to Santos, Brazil – have been slower to materialize, but would all presumably deliver commodities and other goods to ports at lower costs. Peru is expected to invite bids for portions of the Peru-Brazil railway project as early as 2019.

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