centro de investigación chino latinoamericano fundación andrés bello

The Andrés Bello FoundationChina Latin American Research Center is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study of the relationship between the People's Republic of China and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Based in Bogotá, the Andres Bello Foundation aims to promote awareness and understanding about China's impact in the region and its projection into the future. The foundation comprises a multidisciplinary group of professionals in charge of developing academic and journalistic projects that cover the different aspects of the Sino-Latin American relationship.

NEWS

The latest news from the China - Latin American and the Caribbean relations.

The Caribbean Railroad: BYD’s proposal

The Caribbean Train, a railroad that connects the three main cities of the Colombian Caribbean coast -Santa Marta, Barranquilla, and Cartagena- to transport both cargo and passengers, is an infrastructure project that has been in the pipeline for more than five years. Through its representative in Colombia, Juan Felipe Velásquez, the Chinese company BYD has already submitted a proposal for the construction of the project.

China donates vaccines to Ecuador

A batch of 500,000 vaccines (500,000) donated by China arrived in Ecuador on October 30 to reinforce the latter's National Vaccination Plan. The CoronaVac vaccine shipment arrived at Quito's "Mariscal Sucre" airport.

Colombia’s participation in China’s International Import Expo CIIE

Colcafé, a Colombian coffee producer and one of the most competitive companies in the foreign market, will exhibit at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) for the second time. The Expo itself is celebrating it editedition between November 5 and 10 in Shanghai.

RESEARCH

Analysis, data, history, projections

The changing phase of China’s lending practices in Latin America and the Caribbean

It is plausible that 2020 marked an inflection point in China’s relationship with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). According to joint research between Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center and the Inter-American Dialogue, last year was the first time, since 2006, that Chinese policy banks did not extend new loans to LAC governments.

Coronavirus and the Changing Face of Sino-Latin American Relations

From small nations such as Belize and Barbados to heavily populated countries like Mexico and Brazil, the Latin America-Caribbean region is one of infinite diversity. Similarly, the spectrum of productive capacity and levels of gross domestic product is as varied as its climate, flora, and fauna. If we are to develop a clearer understanding of the issues that impact the region as a whole, it is important to consider a variety of perspectives and opinions. To reflect this diversity, we interviewed six Latin American academics, asking them to consider the following question: how has COVID-19 affected the relationship between China and the countries that make up Latin America and the Caribbean?

A view from the North: interview with Dr. Evan Ellis

The growing tensions between the United States and China will undoubtedly have an impact on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). On the one hand, LAC represents an enormous opportunity for China on many fronts: new markets, financing opportunities, infrastructure development, diversification of energy sources, among many other areas of cooperation. On the other hand, LAC and the United States are united by cultural, economic, and political ties. All these factors will play a role in the triangular relationship between the countries of the region, China, and the United States. In that sense, it is important to understand how the United States views the dynamics of the Sino-Latin American relationship

REPORTING

Independent investigative journalism

Chronic labor law violations: the real cost of Sino-Venezuelan joint ventures

The partnership with China promised to turn Venezuela into a Latin America power. Yet two decades, 468 agreements and over $67bn later, agreements with one of the principal exponents of Chavismo have placed the country at a significant disadvantage. The relationship ended heavily in favor of Asia’s largest economy, leaving Venezuela with a vulnerable labor force, billion dollar debts, and a series of half-finished projects.

Venezuela, revolving door for Chinese interests in Latin America (part II)

Since the turn of the century, close to a hundred Chinese businesses have been set up in all but two of Venezuela’s 23 states. Yet this unprecedented inflow of Chinese capital has not translated into impactful projects. Financed by the two multi-billion dollar bilateral funds set up by presidents Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro with China between 2008 and 2015, at least a quarter are still in an early or planning stage. Since then, issues surrounding the non-payment of loans have caused Sino-Venezuelan relations to cool considerably. Now, researchers from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy warn that at least half of China’s lending in recent years can be considered ‘hidden’. There are concerns that now, and in years to come, the opacity of China’s credit mechanisms could jeopardize crisis recovery in heavily indebted countries such as Venezuela.

Venezuela, revolving door for Chinese interests in Latin America (Part I)

From investment to debt, the dangers of playing against loaded dice.
Between 2000 and 2014, Venezuela received more resources from China than any other country in the world. Despite being located some 14,000 kilometers away, a population of 30 million coupled with enormous energy potential, characterized by an erstwhile billion-dollar oil industry, held significant appeal to China. This, coupled with a new, nationalist political model that appeared compatible to China’s new commercial strategy, provided a catalyst for both nations to strengthen relations. Yet opacity has characterized the signing of almost 500 agreements.