China's Engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean [Updated December 14, 2021]   [open pdf - 714KB]

From the Document: "As the People's Republic of China (PRC) has increased its engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) over the past 20 years, U.S. policymakers have raised questions regarding potential implications for U.S. interests in the region. China's engagement with the region has grown significantly since 2001, particularly in terms of diplomatic and economic ties. This growth reflects China's global 'soft power' efforts and 'influence operations' worldwide. A succession of Chinese leaders and other officials have visited the region to court governments. In turn, regional leaders and officials have frequently visited China. The PRC has signed various bilateral partnership agreements with countries throughout LAC, including 'comprehensive strategic partnerships' with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. [...] Legislative initiatives have been introduced in both houses to improve the U.S. ability to compete with China worldwide, including in LAC. [...] The compromise National Defense Authorization Act for FY2022 (approved by the House on December 7 as an amendment to S. 1605) would require a report on efforts by the PRC to expand its presence and influence in LAC. The measure awaits final Senate action."

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CRS In Focus, IF10982
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