Dragonomics explores the impact of Chinese growth on Latin America since the early 2000s. 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 American side.

Carol Wise is a professor of International Relations in the department of Political Science & International Relations at the University of Southern California.

Discussant: 
Francisco Urdinez
Assistant Professor of the Institute of Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

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