China’s rise as a global economic and military power is on full display in the Western Pacific. Chinese maritime and airspace claims have caused conflict with half a dozen neighboring countries, often translating into headlines. Meanwhile, Beijing’s rising influence in Latin America is much less obvious -- yet perhaps equally important for U.S. long-term security interests. While China’s growing economic clout in the Americas occasionally grabs headlines, its bankrolling of autocratic regimes such as Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba, Nicaragua, and others while gradually increasing military-to-military exchanges throughout the region barely registers a blip on Washington’s radar. What is Beijing’s endgame in Latin America? Is supplanting U.S. influence in the Western Hemisphere part of a strategy to become the world’s next superpower? What are the areas of actual and potential conflict? Join us for a thoughtful and informative discussion to explore China’s rise in Latin America and how the U.S. ought to respond.
- Gordon Chang – Author of The Coming Collapse of China; Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on The World; Fateful Ties. Columnist and television commentator
- Fernando Menéndez – SFS Senior Fellow. Economist and political analyst, regular contributor to China-US Focus and television commentator
- Margaret Myers – Director, Latin America and the World Program, Inter-American Dialogue
- Andrew Davenport – Board Member, Prague Security Studies Institute. Chief Operating Officer, RWR Advisory Group
- Julia Nista – Associate editor and reporter for the Daily Caller
A light lunch and refreshments will be served. Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited.
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When: Tuesday, Feb. 27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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