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Lula Pitches South American Trade Pact With China in Bid to Save Mercosur

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called for a South American regional trade agreement with China as part of a desperate bid to save the embattled Mercosur bloc. Lula proposed the idea during a speech on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

A Chinese Giant’s Complicity in South Africa’s Corruption Disaster

Anyone who knows a South African will be amply aware that the country is currently undergoing economically ruinous rolling blackouts labeled ‘loadshedding.’ Even if you don’t know them, South Africans are liable to follow you down the street, foam-flecked and shouting about Eskom, the corruption-addled state power utility.
The loadshedding scandal is rooted in corruption. It’s only the most visible part of a historical tragedy: how the ruling African National Congress ...

Two Themes Dominate Latin America-China Studies

The SSRC’s mapping of scholarship on the relationship between China and South and Latin America and the Caribbean shows that the entanglement of geopolitics and global economics dominate the field. However, the report shows research on the social and environmental impacts ...

Pressure Mounting on Biden to Counter China’s Free Trade Push in South America

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso's visit to Washington this week prompted urgent calls from Capitol Hill for the President to do more to counter China's growing influence in South America. Lasso met with Biden on Monday at the White House ...

Ecuador President Arrives in Washington With Nearly-Complete Chinese Trade Deal in His Back Pocket

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso will be at the White House on Monday for talks with President Joe Biden. The two leaders reportedly will address a broad range of issues, from Ecuador's appeal for more U.S. support to fight drug cartels to Washington's request for Lasso's administration to ...

Uruguay’s Free Trade Talks With China and Desire to Enter Pacific Trade Pact Upsets Regional Neighbors

Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou came under intense criticism from fellow leaders within the South American trading bloc known as Mercosur earlier this month over his government's moves to strike a free trade agreement with China and to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership (aka CPTPP) trade ...

China’s Special Representative for Latin America Wraps Up Five-Nation Tour

High-level Chinese visits to Central and South America have become rare in recent years, so it was notable when Beijing's special representative for the region embarked on a five-nation tour to Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, ...