Not Enough Space for Everyone: China and the Competition for the Global South (Sin espacio para todos: China y lacompetencia por el Sur en el siglo XXI)

Revista CIDOB, 2016

24 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2017

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Fernando Mourón

King's College London

Francisco Urdinez

King's College London

Luis Schenoni

University of Notre Dame - Kellogg Institute for International Studies; University of Notre Dame, College of Arts & Letters, Department of Political Science, Students

Date Written: December 21, 2016

Abstract

Spanish Abstract: Transcurrida más de una década y media del “siglo asiático”, el epicentro de la economía mundial se ha trasladado del Atlántico Norte hacia el sudeste a un ritmo sin precedentes. Como correlato, la creciente expansión china a nivel global ha ido minando paulatinamente la posición de líderes regionales en sus respectivas áreas de influencia. Debido al desplazamiento de sus inversiones, la consiguiente pérdida de mercados regionales, así como el crecimiento de otras potencias medias gracias al fortalecimiento de sus vínculos con Beijing, argumentamos que Brasil y Sudáfrica han perdido relevancia regional a merced de China, ofreciendo, así, una visión alternativa (pero complementaria) a la abundante literatura que ve a China como la gran oportunidad para ambos países.

English Abstract: A little more than a decade and a half into the “Asian century,” the epicentre of the global economy has moved from the North Atlantic towards East Asia at an unprecedented pace. As a correlate, China’s growing expansion at global level has been gradually undermining the position of leading regional powers such as Brazil and South Africa. The displacement of their investments and the consequent loss of their regional markets, added to the growth of other medium-sized regional powers through stronger links with Beijing, have damaged both countries prospects of regional leadership. From this perspective, in contrast to the abundant literature depicting China as a great opportunity for Brazil and South Africa, this paper warns that both countries’ regional importance has been diminished in favour of China, which calls the usefulness of the BRICS concept into question.

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Suggested Citation

Mourón, Fernando and Urdinez, Francisco and Schenoni, Luis, Not Enough Space for Everyone: China and the Competition for the Global South (Sin espacio para todos: China y lacompetencia por el Sur en el siglo XXI) (December 21, 2016). Revista CIDOB, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2888650

Fernando Mourón

King's College London ( email )

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Francisco Urdinez

King's College London ( email )

Strand
London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

Luis Schenoni (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Kellogg Institute for International Studies ( email )

130 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

University of Notre Dame, College of Arts & Letters, Department of Political Science, Students ( email )

217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

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