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Mar 07

Chinese Influence: Expanding in Both Africa and Latin America

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

China is spreading its influence in both Africa and Latin America. Its companies - many of them state-owned - are investing where western businesses fear to tread. It assists some of the more dictatorial, kleptocratic, and/or anti-American states such as Sudan's genocidal regime, the Mugabe dictatorship in Zimbabwe, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and Evo Morales in Bolivia. Meanwhile it extracts raw materials such as oil from Angola and Venezuela, platinum from Zimbabwe, copper from Chile and Zambia, iron ore from South Africa and Brazil. Driving this outreach are strategic shopping and investment lists, as China tries hard to insure the natural resources to feed its industrial engine. Should the United States be concerned, and if so precisely what can it do? A group of Heritage Foundation and outside experts will examine the issues and the possibilities.

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Balancing China's Growing Influence in Latin America

China's Influence in Africa: Implications for the United States

More About the Speakers

Josh Eisenman
Fellow in Asia Studies,
American Foreign Policy Council

Dr. R. Evan Ellis
Booz Allen Hamilton

Stephen Johnson
Senior Policy Analyst,
Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Brett D. Schaefer
Jay Kingham Fellow in
International Regulatory Affairs,
Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom,
The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

Harvey Feldman Harvey Feldman

Distinguished Fellow in China Policy Read More