Dragonomics explores the impact of Chinese growth on Latin America since the early
2000s. Some twenty years ago, Chinese entrepreneurs headed to the Western Hemisphere
in search of profits and commodities, specifically those that China lacked and that
some Latin American countries held in abundance—copper, iron ore, crude oil, and soybeans.
Focusing largely on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru, Carol
Wise traces the evolution of political and economic ties between China and these countries
and analyzes how success has varied by sector, project, and country. She also assesses
the costs and benefits of Latin America’s recent pivot toward Asia. Wise argues that
while opportunities for closer economic integration with China are seemingly infinite,
so are the risks. She contends that the best outcomes have stemmed from endeavors
where the rule of law, regulatory oversight, and a clear strategy exist on the Latin
Carol Wise, University of Southern California
in conversation with Gustavo Oliveira, UC Irvine
This event is co-sponsored by the Long US-China Institute, the UCI Latin American
Studies Center, and the UCI Center for Asian Studies.