China in Latin America: Implications for Sustainable Development

3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Eilts Room, Department of International Relations, Boston University, 154 Bay State Road (2nd floor)
With Rebecca Ray, Predoctoral Fellow, UMass-Amherst & Kevin P. Gallagher, Associate Professor, Boston University || This presentation will track the rise of China in Latin America and draw out its implications for long run prosperity in the Western Hemisphere. China has become a key source of trade, finance, and investment for Latin America that has brought significant benefits to the region, especially in the face of global financial crisis. However, there are also risks that come with Latin America's "China Boom". Commodity-led growth can lead to de-industrialization, environmental degradation, and social conflict. Based on preliminary results of a multi-country study, presenters will outline the benefits and risks LAC is facing and examine whether Latin America is balancing those benefits and risks for sustainable development. || Sponsored by BU Latin America Studies Program and BU Center for the Study of Asia