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Strategies and counter-strategies: China in the Andean region of South America

Chimienti, Ádam and Creutzfeldt, Benjamin (2014) Strategies and counter-strategies: China in the Andean region of South America. Working Paper (1/2014). London School of Economics and Political Science, Global South Unit, London, UK.

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Abstract

By employing a comparative method that analyzes China’s increasing presence in different Latin America countries, this study explores key features and implications of Beijing’s approach towards this region. Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are used as case studies to evaluate China’s diplomatic rhetoric and the degree to which trade and investment realities live up to the goals proclaimed. Each of the countries examined seeks a more balanced relationship with external actors and recognizes China’s increased presence in the domestic political economy. Beijing seeks to distinguish itself as a soft power and “South-South” partner, and yet its ability to maintain this stance is complicated by the inevitable asymmetry that a rising China implies. The paper argues that China’s economic involvement in terms of trade, aid, loans and investment is indisputably important, but just one opportunity amongst many for these countries to achieve the political and economic goals that they have set for themselves.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/internationalRelations/centre...
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F23 - Multinational Firms; International Business
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O12 - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O54 - Latin America; Caribbean
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q3 - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation > Q33 - Resource Booms
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q56 - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounting; Environmental Equity
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Research centres and groups > LSE Global Governance
Collections > LSE Global South Unit Working Paper Series
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2015 11:05
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 03:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61103

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