China’s Global Reach: Environment and Development

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Working Group on Environment and Development in the Americas

This project brings together a unique group of natural and social scientists from across the Americas that will engage in policy-oriented research on the environment and developmental impacts of Chinese trade and investment in Latin America.  These experts will engage with various policymakers, advocates, and stakeholders concerned about these questions across the hemisphere.

The goal of the project is two-fold.  First is to gain an evidence-based understanding of the environmental and social impacts of China in Latin America.  Second is to draw on this empirical record and work with policymakers and stakeholders to identify and exploit the relevant policy levers in the region that can maximize the benefits of Chinese economic activity in Latin America, while mitigating the social and environmental costs.

GEGI researchers will collaborate with colleagues from the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, as well as numerous institutes, individuals, and organizations in Latin America as part of the Working Group on Environment and Development in the Americas.


Bartering Globalization: China’s Commodity-backed Finance in Africa and Latin America
Global Policy
By Deborah Bräutigam and Kevin Gallagher
June 2014

Profiting from Precaution: How China’s Policy Banks Can Enhance Social and Environmental Standards
By Kevin Gallagher
July 2013

Chinese Investment and Sustainable Development in Peru: A Comparative Analysis
Working Group Discussion Paper DP34
By Amos Irwin and Kevin P. Gallagher
December 2012

In the News

Opinion Articles

China’s development banks need to clean up their act
The Guardian
By Kevin P. Gallagher
July 9, 2013

Quoted Articles

AIIB: China needs to win over naysayers
The Straits Times
Kevin Gallagher cited
November 4, 2014

Coke Brothers
Foreign Policy
Kevin Gallagher quoted
July 22, 2014

China and Copper: Inextricably Linked on the World’s Markets
Copper Investing News
Kevin Gallagher quoted
April 24, 2014

China Pays Full Price For Peruvian Copper Mine But Locks Up Long-Term Supply
International Business Times
Kevin Gallagher quoted
April 15, 2014

China and Latin America: Ties that Bind
Kevin P. Gallagher quoted
March 11, 2014

The Battle Over Ecuador’s Oil Takes a New Twist
China Dialogue
Kevin P. Gallagher quoted
October 4, 2013

Multimedia and Events

El Sueno Chino se extiende a America Latina
Stakeholders Magazine, Page 79
April 2014

En Busca de Buena Fortuna, Page 7
Revista Poder
April 29, 2014

Entrevista a Cynthia A. Sanborn, Directora del Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico.
Noticias Peru
March 12, 2014

Rompiendo Mitos: China en América LatinaExpert Meeting Launches China Working Group in Peru
Peru Conference
March 11, 2014

Peru’s Mining Industry Attracting International Attention
CCTV America
Amos Irwin Interviewed
October 11, 2013