Latin America

A look at China’s growing footprint in Latin America

Beijing is already the main trade partner of most countries in the region, and is looking to expand its influence on multiple fronts

china Chinatown Barrio Chino on Dolores Street in historic center of Mexico City
Chinatown Barrio Chino on Dolores Street in historic center of Mexico City. Photo: Victor SG/Shutterstock

Once America’s backyard, Latin America continues to gravitate towards China’s sphere of influence. Be it Ecuador looking to re-negotiate its debt for oil contracts, Argentina joining the Belt and Road Initiative, or the overall role that China continues to have in the pandemic, hardly a week goes by without China making the headlines somewhere in the region.

Ideological inclinations don’t seem to matter that much either. 

Since the turn of the century, many of the continent’s “pink tide” governments have seen Beijing as a useful counterweight to U.S. influence in the region, having grown skeptical of...

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