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China’s Internationalized Development Strategy: What this Means for Latin America

A joint conference sponsored by the USC Center for International Studies and The Young Initiative on the Global Economy at Occidental College.

August 28, 2017 10:00am to August 29, 2017 5:00pm
August 28, USC

1:30–3:30 Session I (Social Sciences Building, SOS B40)

Moderator: Clayton Dube

China’s Internationalized Development Strategy
     Shoujun Cui (Renmin University, Beijing)
     Benjamin Creutzfeldt (Johns Hopkins University)

The Politics (and Anti-Politics) of Chinese Agribusiness Investment
     Gustavo Oliveira (Swarthmore College)
     Xu Siyuan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Is Chinese Infrastructure Investment Really the Next Big Thing?
     Leonardo Stanley (CEDES, Buenos Aires)
     Victoria Chonn Ching

3:30–3:45 Break

3:45–6:00 Session II (Social Sciences Building, SOS B40)

Moderator: Brett Sheehan

Latin America in China’s New Reform Era
     Margaret Myers (Inter-American Dialogue)
     Di Dongsheng (Renmin University, Beijing)

China’s Economic Relations with LAC: Soft Power, Hard Power, or Smart Power?
     Carol Wise (USC)
     Nicolás Albertoni (USC)

China’s ‘Strategic Partners’ in Latin America: Energy Politics
     Yanran Xu (Renmin University, Beijing)


August 29, Occidental College

10:00–12:00 Session III (Johnson Hall)

Moderator: Sanjeev Khagram

What Difference Do Diplomatic Relations Make? Chinese Development and Diplomacy Politics
     Monica DeHart (University of Puget Sound)

Sources of Development Bank Finance for Big Extractive Projects: Does it Matter? 
     Kevin Gallagher (Boston University)
     Rebecca Ray (U-Mass, Amherst)

Trump’s Jettisoning of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: What Might This Mean for ASEAN? 
     Sigfrido Burgos Cáceres (Independent Scholar)
     Sophal Ear (Occidental College)

12:00–1:30 Public Forum: Finessing the China Relationship in the Trump Age (McKinnon Global Forum)

Moderator: Sanjeev Khagram

Panelists: Shoujun Cui, Monica DeHart, Gustavo Oliveira, Leonardo Stanley

1:30–2:30 Lunch

2:30–5:00 Writers’ Workshop (Johnson Hall)

Discussion and planning for paper completion and publication as a special issue of a refereed journal.

Contact Information 

For more information on the sessions held at USC, contact cis@dornsife.usc. For the sessions held at Oxy, contact Chamnan Lim at:


March 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the U.S.-China Institute and PEN America for the West Coast launch of the PEN America report on social media in China, Forbidden Feeds. We will discuss the report and Chinese social media more generally. 

April 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Los Angeles, California

"Finding Solutions" will focus on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We hope you will join this important discussion on April 6.