Dragon in the “backyard”: China’s investment and trade in Latin America in the context of crisis

Vol. 40 No. 3 (2020)

Jul-Sep / 2020
Published June 22, 2020
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How to Cite

Menezes, Roberto Goulart, and Milton Carlos Bragatti. 2020. “Dragon in the ‘backyard’: China’s Investment and Trade in Latin America in the Context of Crisis”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 40 (3), 446-61. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572020-2963.

Dragon in the “backyard”: China’s investment and trade in Latin America in the context of crisis

Roberto Goulart Menezes
Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations at the Universidade de Brasília, Brasília/ DF, Brasil.
Milton Carlos Bragatti
PhD candidate in International Relations at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 40 No. 3 (2020), Jul-Sep / 2020, Pages 446-461

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to analyze China’s trade and investment relations th Latin America, especially with Brazil and MERCOSUR in the context of the international economic crisis. In a scenario in which commodity prices appear to remain low, the region increases its dependence on China. Thus, the Chinese take advantage to advance on the economies of the region, increasing reprimarization of the economies of these countries.

JEL Classification: F02.


Keywords: Chinese investments, Latin America, reprimarization, commodities, Mercosur