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China’s New Investment Priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean

For much of the past year, there’s been a lot of talk about China’s new leaner, more focused Belt and Road Initiative that goes by the mantra “Smart and Beautiful.” The problem is very few people actually know what it looks like in practice.

But that’s starting to change, particularly in regions like Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) where two seemingly contradictory investment trends are taking place: overall Chinese FDI in the region is down but in key areas, so-called “new infrastructure,” Chinese investments in LAC countries have been going up.

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