The rise of China is a tectonic, structural change in international relations. The many impacts cause by this process are being felt in most corners of the world in recent years, and Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) is not an exception. China is now the number one or second most important trade partner of most countries in the region. In the last decade, investment and financial cooperation have been growing too. Several countries have free trade agreements with China, strategy partnerships and/or are partners in the G-20, the BRICS and other multilateral agreements. The region has historically been a key battlefield in the protracted struggle for recognition between Beijing and Taipei. Recently the main debate has been on the participation of the region in Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In many countries of the region, the economic and political relations with China are now a domestic issue. Why China-LAC relations are so intense? How much agency has LAC countries enjoyed and what are the main goals and tools in the foreign policies of LAC countries vis-à-vis China, particularly the regional main countries, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina? How the United States has reacted to these growing relations of China with the countries in a region in which the US achieved primacy more than a century ago, before becoming a global power? How the United States and China will act in critical cases such as Venezuela and Cuba? What are the consequences of the current US-China trade war for the region?
Dr. Gonzalo Sebastián PAZ is an Argentine citizen, and works and lives in Washington DC since 2002. He holds a J.D., and MPhil in International Relations (both from National University of Córdoba), and M.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Political Science (George Washington University). He is a pioneer in the studies of China and East Asian-Latin American relations and extra-regional powers in Latin America. He is currently a researcher and professor at Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service, Centre for Latin American Studies). He also is a former lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs (George Washington University), American University, and University of Maryland (BC). He has been Visiting Professor at the Stockholm University (Sweden), Università Roma Tre (Italy), Tel Aviv University (Israel) and University of
Guadalajara (Mexico). He has also been a professor of the School of Oriental Studies of the University of Salvador and at the Master in International Relations of La Plata National University, both in Argentina. Dr. Paz has been invited to lecture in different universities around the world, such as Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Tsinghua, UNAM, UBA, Complutense, Tel Aviv, Saint Petersburg State University, and MGIMO, and at research institutions such as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing) and Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences Moscow).
He has received several fellowships and awards, from Fulbright, Andrew W. Mellon, Smith Richardson Foundation, Korea Foundation Fellowship (at SNU), and the George Kennan Fellowship of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, among others. He has been Chair of the permanent section “Latin America and the Pacific Rim”, currently “Asia and the Americas” (2006-2007 and 2007-2009) of the Latin America Studies Association (LASA), and is currently a member of the Executive Board.