Latin America-China Relations: A Review of Recent Literature (2010-2020)

35 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2022

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Andrés Serbin

CRIES - Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales

Date Written: January 2022

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on relations between the People's Republic of China and Latin America and the Caribbean from 2010 to 2020, based on a systematic bibliographic review. The core contribution of the paper is the consideration and contrast between U.S., Chinese, and Latin American approaches. English language works tend to be influenced by scholarly paradigms from International Relations (IR) and International Political Economy (IPE), whereas these are supplemented by a variety of additional perspectives in the Latin American literature. The study contends that Latin American interpretations of China’s relations with the region are the product of a series of conceptual traditions and epistemic networks that differentiate Latin American work from that emerging in the English-speaking world and in China. In addition, the paper concludes that by frequently casting China-Latin America relations in light of a 'triangular relationship' between China, the United States, and Latin America, much of the literature generates a series of misunderstandings which portray Latin American and the Caribbean as a homogenous and unified area.

Keywords: Latin America, China, United States, International Relations

Suggested Citation

Serbin, Andrés, Latin America-China Relations: A Review of Recent Literature (2010-2020) (January 2022). CLALS Working Paper Series No. 32, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4003586 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4003586

Andrés Serbin (Contact Author)

CRIES - Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales ( email )

Buenos Aires
Argentina

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