China's Expansion into the Western Hemisphere: Implications for Latin America and the United States / Edition 1

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With President Hu Jintao's November 2004 visit to Latin America, China signaled to the rest of the world its growing interest in the region. Many observers welcome this development, highlighting the benefits of increased trade and investment, as well as diplomatic cooperation, for both sides. But other analysts have raised concerns about the relationship's impact on Latin American competitiveness and its implications for U.S. influence in Washington's traditional backyard.

In C hina's Expansion into the Western Hemisphere, experts from Latin America, China, and the United States, as well as Europe, analyze the history of this triangular relationship and the motivations of each of the major players. Several chapters focus on China's growing economic ties to the region, including Latin America's role in China's search for energy resources worldwide. Other essays highlight the geopolitical implications of Chinese hemispheric policy and set recent developments in the broader context of China's role in the developing world. Together, they provide an absorbing look at a particularly sensitive aspect of China's emergence as a world power.

Contributors include Christopher Alden (London School of Economics), Robert Devlin (ECLAC), Francisco González (Johns Hopkins–SAIS), Monica Hirst (Torcuato Di Tella University), Josh Kurlantzick (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Xiang Lanxin (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), Luisa Palacios (Barclays), Jiang Shixue (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Barbara Stallings (Brown University), Juan Tokatlián (San Andrés University), and Zheng Kai (Fudan University).

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is one of the most resourceful and integrated books focusing on China's recent rise and its implications for the Third World, not only in Latin America, but in Southeast Asia and Africa as well." —Chung-Chian Teng, China Quarterly

"Offers a timely collection of high-powered essays on an important issue and is written with accuracy, insight, and elegance. It is a must read for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of China's foreign relations." —He Li, Journal of Chinese Political Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815775539
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Riordan Roett is the Sarita and Don Johnston Professor of Political Science and director of Western Hemisphere Studies and the Latin American Studies program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Guadalupe Paz is associate director of the Latin American Studies Program at SAIS.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Assessing the Implications of China's Growing Presence in the Western Hemisphere   Riordan Roett   Guadalupe Paz     1
The Changing Landscape in Sino-Latin American Relations: Views from China and Latin America
The Chinese Foreign Policy Perspective   Jiang Shixue     27
An Alternative Chinese View   Xiang Lanxin     44
A View from Latin America   Juan Gabriel Tokatlian     59
A South-South Perspective   Monica Hirst     90
Sino-Latin American Economic and Energy Issues: What Lies Ahead?
China's Economic Rise   Robert Devlin     111
Latin America in the Economic Equation-Winners and Losers: What Can Losers Do?   Francisco E. Gonzalez     148
Latin America as China's Energy Supplier   Luisa Palacios     170
The Broader Context: Lessons for Latin America from China's Role in Southeast Asia and Africa
China's Growing Influence in Southeast Asia   Joshua Kurlantzick     193
China's New Engagement with Africa   Chris Alden     213
The United States, China, and Latin America: What Kind of Triangle?
The U.S.-China-Latin America Triangle: Implications for the Future   Barbara Stallings     239
About the Authors     261
Index     263

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