Heine Discusses Chinese Foreign Policy on “The Heat”

Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, appeared on CGTN America‘s “The Heat” to discuss takeaways from China’s two biggest political sessions of the year: the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Heine joined Robert Hormats, Managing Director for Tiedemann Advisors and former U.S. Under Secretary of State, Jacques DeLisle is the Director for the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and Einar Tangen, CGTN political and economic affairs commentator. The expert panel discussed the two sessions and the ensuing press conference from Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during which he highlighted China’s priorities on foreign policy.

Heine commented on China’s impact in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic – including the country’s “mask diplomacy” and vaccine assistance – as well as the role of extra-regional powers in the region and how they are filling a foreign assistance void left by the United States. He concluded by arguing that Latin America needs to diversify its international relationships and engage with more country’s around the world, which can be seen now in its growing ties in Asia.

The full talk show can be viewed below.

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007) and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more about Ambassador Heine on his Pardee School faculty profile