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17:30 - 19:30 27 October 2014
China and Latin America: from Cyberspace to the Farm Gate
Lecture Theatre 103 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Dr Adrian Hearn, Co-chair of LASA for Asia and Americas, University of Melbourne
Dr. Ariel C. Armony, Director of Center for Latin American Studies, University of Miami
Adrian H. Hearn (University of Melbourne) and Ariel C. Armony (University of Miami) - China’s growing influence in Latin America is evident in the growth of bilateral trade to $240 (£143) billion in 2013, and a new wave of investment announced during Xi Jinping’s July 2014 regional tour.
This presentation examines Latin American perceptions of deepening Chinese trade and investment. It combines three sources of data: online commentary associated with news about Chinese influence in the region, responses to the 2013 Americas Barometer survey, and ethnographic information from the rapidly expanding soybean plantations of Brazil’s Matto Grosso and Cerrado Savanna regions. The combined data reveal ambivalent reactions to Chinese engagement with the region, from optimism about new economic opportunities to a deepening trend of anti-Chinese sentiment. We compare and contrast these reactions to the longer history of U.S. involvement in Latin America.
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