Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang signed 36 agreements worth a potential US$53 billion between Brazil and China (photo: dpa)

China’s slowing economy could reduce FDI in Latin America

Headlines of major infrastructure investments in Latin America and the Caribbean sub region by the Chinese government can, in many cases be taken with a pinch of salt. Many of these ‘deals’ are in exchange for commodities and many never come to fruition after the fanfare of announcing them.

CHINESE Prime Minister, Li Keqiang began his tour of South America in Brazil, in May 2015, by signing 36 agreements with President Dilma Rousseff’s government worth a potential US$53 billion.

Chinese growth has fuelled dramatic increases in the exports of commodities from several countries in the region, most notably Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela, over the past two ...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
The Chinese made more loans to Latin America than the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank combined in 2014.
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