Ricardo Barrios joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2017 as a Program Associate in the Asia & Latin America Program, where he focuses on Chinese engagement with Latin America and political affairs.
He writes on Chinese diplomacy and foreign policy, with a focus on the Latin American region, as well as Chinese and Cuban leadership dynamics. His work has been featured in publications including The Diplomat, The National Interest, Global Americans, and The Paper. His commentary has also been featured in various media outlets including BBC, Christian Science Monitor, and O Globo. Before coming to the Dialogue, he served as legislative assistant to the President of the Senate of Puerto Rico. He also interned at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, China.
Barrios holds a Master’s in International Politics from Peking University. His master’s thesis explores the way the Chinese government reduces export risk for Chinese companies exporting to Cuba. He previously was awarded an Oberlin Shansi Fellowship to study Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Normal University. He received a BA from Oberlin College in Politics and East Asian Studies, with a focus on Chinese politics. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Latin America isn’t yet part of the Belt and Road, but China showed sustained interest in the region during the recent China-CELAC Ministerial Forum.
The coastal city of Zhuhai in China’s Guangdong province is quickly becoming a focal point of China’s efforts to strengthen relations with the LAC region.
What will the Chinese Communist Party’s recent leadership reshuffle mean for China’s future engagement with Latin America?
It’s China’s way of giving order and consistency to its foreign policy. It represents its strategy towards the world. For China, Latin America is an indispensable participant of the Belt and Road.
No papel, as mudanças fazem muito sentido, mas não sabemos se, de fato, colocarão Cuba no caminho da China ou do Vietnã. É preciso saber se haverá vontade política. […] Esta Constituição é a chance de Miguel Díaz-Canel iniciar sua era.