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China's Incursion into Latin America: Myths and Realities

The Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies (EmPac) at UCSD presents a talk by Jorge Guajardo, former Mexican ambassador to China, on China's economic and political relations with Latin America.

February 19, 2015 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Everyday we read about new incursions of China into Latin America. Whether through investment, diplomatic initiatives, summits or grand projects, there is a growing perception that China has a grand strategy for Latin America.

Ambassador Jorge Guajardo will talk about the myths and realities of this new Chinese presence in the region using his six years of experience as the ambassador to China to illustrate what is real and what is a misconceived perception in the West of the role China plays in Latin America.


A Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies Pacific Leadership Fellow, Jorge Guajardo serves as senior director at McLarty Associates, where he provides strategic counsel and expertise on Latin America and China. Ambassador Guajardo most recently served for six years in Beijing as the Mexican ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

Guajardo has had an active career in government and significant experience in the private sector. He was consul general of Mexico to the United States in Austin, Texas, and a Mexican congressional candidate in 2003. He previously served as director of communications for the governor of Nuevo Leon.

There will be a reception following Guajardo’s talk.

Directions to The Great Hall. Contact Lisa Lee with questions.

Free and Open to the Public