Dragonomics How Latin America Is Maximizing (or Missing Out on) China's International Development Strategy Carol Wise

Publication date:
24 Mar 2020
Yale University Press
320 pages: 235 x 156mm
3 b-w illus.
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This book explores the impact of Chinese growth on Latin America since the early 2000s. Roughly twenty years ago, Chinese entrepreneurs headed to the Western Hemisphere in search of profits and commodities, specifically those that China lacked and that some Latin American countries held in abundance—copper, iron ore, crude oil, soybeans, and fish meal. Focusing largely on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru, Carol Wise traces the evolution of political and economic ties between China and these countries and analyzes how success has varied by sector, project, and country. She also assesses the costs and benefits of Latin America’s recent pivot toward Asia. Wise argues that while opportunities for closer economic integration with China are seemingly infinite, so are the risks, and contends that the best outcomes have stemmed from endeavors where the rule of law, regulatory oversight, and a clear strategy exist on the Latin American side.

Carol Wise is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California, where she focuses on international political economy and development with an emphasis on Latin America. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Dragonomics marks the arrival of the next generation of China-Latin America studies. The book offers an original assessment of how Latin America might make the most of—rather than simply react to—China’s presence in the region.”— Monica DeHart, University of Puget Sound