China's Belt and Road Initiative in Latin America: What has changed?

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When China invited the Latin American countries to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, it fuelled expectations of a much closer and more productive relationship with the region. In practice, however, there is little evidence that this was happening even before the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. The article shows that neither the policy statements by China nor the trends in economic relations indicate a substantive change in Sino–Latin American relations and that the Belt and Road Initiative represents a repackaging of existing relations and the continuation of trends that have been underway since the global financial crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-39
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Current Chinese Affairs
Issue number1
Early online date23 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022

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