What is China doing in Latin America?

Energy giant State Grid Corp. of China owns the company that supplies electricity to more than 10 million Brazilian homes. In February, Argentina announced that China would finance about $24 billion in infrastructure projects. Since 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited Latin America 11 times.

How has China impacted Latin America?

China’s economic interests drive its engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean as it seeks commodities and raw materials to fuel its economy while building markets for its companies and tech- nologies.

What does Latin America export China?

Latin America’s export composition to China and the U.S. is poorly diversified overall and highly commodity dependent. This dynamic is even stronger for trade with China. Overall, exports of metals (40%), agri-food (35%) and energy (18%) account for 93% of the six countries’ foreign sales to China.

How much has China invested in Latin America?

For the five-year period between 2015 and 2019, China’s President Xi Jinping set ambitious goals for exchange with the Latin American and Caribbean region (LAC): $500 billion in trade and $250 billion in direct investment.

Why is China interested in the Caribbean?

China’s Trade and Economic Investment in the Caribbean (Cont’d). China has invested over $8 billion in mainly six Caribbean countries between 2005 and 2020 focused on the tourism, transportation, extractive metals, agriculture, and energy sectors.

How much influence does China have in South America?

Relations between Latin America and China have changed profoundly over the last 20 years. In 2001, the region’s exports to China represented only 1.6% of total foreign sales, whilst in 2020, this figure had risen to 26%.

Why is China investing in South America?

In Latin America, analysts say China mainly is looking for food, oil, refinery investments and minerals – such as the mobile phone battery ingredient lithium. Chinese investors have focused mostly on Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, the Boston University study says.

What country buys the most from China?

Also shown is each import country’s percentage of total Chinese exports.

  • United States: US$521 billion (17.2% of China’s total exports)
  • Hong Kong: $313.1 billion (10.3%)
  • Japan: $151.3 billion (5%)
  • South Korea: $135.1 billion (4.5%)
  • Vietnam: $125.8 billion (4.2%)
  • Germany: $103 billion (3.4%)