April 29, 2010, 12:00 - 2:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
The Center for Latin American Studies
held a conference on:
China's Surge: Trade and Investment in Latin America
Thursday, April 29
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
In the most recent developments to Chinese-Latin American relations, Chinese officials held talks with their Brazilian counterparts about the prospect of China developing a $20 billion high-speed rail system in Brazil. In Venezuela, Chinese officials signed cooperation agreements covering energy, finance, electric power, and poverty eradication. China also deepened trade agreements with Chile and offered expertise on post-earthquake reconstruction.
For years, as the U.S. Congress has refused to support free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama, China has steadily deepened its commercial ties with Latin American states. It has even come to outstrip the United States as the largest trading partner for both Brazil and Chile. Is China's increasing presence in Latin America the result of short-term economic expediency or does it represent the beginnings of a new and enduring paradigm in South-South trade?
Guardia, Daremblum, Rubio, and O'Donnell
Jorge Guardia, former President of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, is a well-known columnist and international economic consultant. He has served as an IMF official. He has been a professor at the University of Costa Rica, and speaks frequently at business forums.
Thomas O'Donnell, a nuclear physicist and energy expert, was a 2008 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Venezuela. He is currently affiliated with the The New School, Graduate International Affairs, where he studies the political economy of oil in the internal and external policies of the Bolivarian state.
Luis Rubio, a political analyst and President of the Center for Research and Development (CIDAC) in Mexico City, is a prolific writer on Mexico as well as Latin American economies. Rubio has served as a fellow on the CSIS Mexico and Americas Program and as an adviser to Mexico's Secretary of the Treasury.
Jaime Daremblum (Moderator), Senior Fellow and Director of Hudson's Center for Latin American Studies, previously served as the Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States.
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