Given escalating US-China tensions, Ambassador Heine suggests that Active Non-Alignment is the best foreign policy option for Latin America in the international environment.
“Whether China can rival or surpass the U.S in GDP and technology is shaped by its own domestic trends…whether it is still able to allow local dynamism to flourish.”
Given growing tensions between the United States and China, Ambassador Heine argues that Latin America should go for what he calls the “Active Non Alignment option.”
Professor Ye comments on the US’ lacking infrastructure investment compared to that of China and President Biden’s attempt to rectify it.
By ignoring the pragmatic globalist guiding China’s policy choices, the U.S. “risks exaggerating the geopolitical threat from China…and underestimating China’s ability to expand regional and global influence.”
“If left to continue on its current course, [U.S.-China relations] will have catastrophic results for the rest of the world.”
“A new cold war between the U.S. and China is not inevitable. But false PRC narratives about U.S. behavior toward China will only contribute to a further souring of relations.”
The U.S. and China have expressed an interest in multilateralism, which would allow them to better tackle global challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Shifrinson discusses current U.S.-China tensions and how their relations can be viewed in the context of great power competition.
“Neo-primacy… risks transforming the United States into a major challenger to the status quo if not a revisionist power in its own right.”
What does the U.S. need to change about the way it talks about China?
“Despite the pandemic and United States-China rivalry, trade relations between China and Latin America, particularly with South America, will continue to grow.”
Will the lack of regional unity in Latin America leave it at the mercy of the U.S. and China, or can they manage their own affairs without being manipulated by others?
“Far from ‘closing in’ more and more in itself…Latin America must “open up” to this new “post-Western world.”
We cannot assume the builders of international order will also be the upholders of it in every issue.
Prof Shifrinson argues that trying to create and implement a Cold War mindset with regards to China is misguided and untethered from strategic reality.
Ambassador Heine discusses Latin America’s relations to the U.S. and China in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.
Dean Adil Najam interviewed on the emerging shape of geopolitics in a post-Covid-19 world by Global Village News.
Amb. Jorge Heine featured in Phoenix TV Hong Kong series ‘Talk with World Leaders,’ on China’s global rise and its relations with Latin America.
Joshua Shifrinson talks to Weekendavisen on COVID-19’s impact on US-Chinese relations.