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CfP: China in Latin America: Extractive Industries, Foreign Policy and Integration

Call for Papers Vol. 6, N° 1: “China in Latin America: Extractive Industries, Foreign Policy and Integration” - Revista Andina de Estudios Politicos

In the past 30 years, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been experiencing a strong economic growth accompanied by a deep political and administrative reform; combining elements of a market economy controlled by the Communist Party Political System in a very pragmatic way. This radical change has been noted in its rapid and successful industrialization process, boosted by the search for natural resources in different zones of the Americas, Africa and Asia. At the same time, Chinese Foreign Policy becomes more active in the defense and protection of those economic interests, especially in front of other major world powers. In Latin America this situation is evident, given China's interest to have privileged access to the control of various extractive industries (like oil, gas and minerals), to expand its overall export level and improving its diplomatic relations; standing it in a complex situation with countries that also have focused their interests in the region, including the United States and Brazil. This number of AJPA looks for a deeper debate about the characteristics of the political-economic activities of China in Latin America, in order to understand its characteristics, strengths and limitations, as also to understand the future prospects of the country in the building of a New International Order.

Key Themes

  • US and China as investors / stakeholders in Latin America´s extractive industries: Cooperation, convergence or conflict?
  • Economic Policy Models and Regional Integration as areas for cooperation and competition: FTAs, Pacific Alliance, ALBA, CELAC, UNASUR and TPP. How China interacts with them?
  • Identity and Ideology in Chinese Foreign Policy: Comparative Analysis on China's relations with Pacific Alliance countries (Peru, Chile and Colombia) and ALBA countries (Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia)?
  • China and Brazil as BRICS countries: Agenda for International Cooperation.
  • South-South Cooperation and Social Development: China as a high-level lender to Latin American countries; China and the Asian Infrastructure Bank; Geopolitics of the Peruvian-Brazilian Bi-Oceanic Train and the new Nicaragua Canal.
  • Relations between the PRC and Taiwan in Latin America: Diplomatic aspects.
  • Impact of internal changes in the Chinese economy in Latin America.
  • Chinese-Latin American Cooperation on Defense.

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