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Chinese Investments in Latin America

A one-day conference on China's economic involvement in Latin America.

September 16, 2011

The aim of the conference is to foster an open and frank dialogue between business leaders, academics and researchers from China, the United States and Latin America.  As China’s influence in Latin America grows, attention is increasingly turning to China’s economic objectives in the region. Questions are emerging about the role of Latin America in China’s development: What is China’s long-term economic policy for the region? How important is Latin America to China’s growth?


Program Speakers

Jeffrey Davidow - Strengthening Cooperation Between China and Latin America

Shantanu Dutta - Strengthening Cooperation Between China and Latin America

Carlos Valderrama - Business Issues Regarding "China in Latin America"

Peng Yuan - Business Issues Regarding "China in Latin America"

Shuoguo Yang - Business Issues Regarding "China in Latin America"

Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia - Business Issues Regarding "China in Latin America"

Peng Yuan - Academic Research Issues Regarding "China in Latin America"

Shuoguo Yang - Academic Research Issues Regarding "China in Latin America"

Baizhu Chen - Academic Research Issues Regarding "China in Latin America"



The USC Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is one of thirty-three university centers funded by the U.S. Department to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. The CIBER program links the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the U.S. Thirty-three universities are currently designated as centers that serve as regional and national resources to business, students, and academics. Together, the CIBERs form a national network focused on improving American competitiveness and providing comprehensive service and programs that help U.S. business succeed in global markets. USC’s CIBER organizes and supports a number of business and language training initiatives, outreach efforts to K-12 education and business, research into increase competitiveness and research into improving international business education.

China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) is a comprehensive research institution for international studies. Established in 1980 as the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, it was renamed and upgraded to China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations in 2003. Filling the ranks of dozens of institutes, divisions, research centers and administrative departments, the CICIR staff numbers 380, including researchers – of which 150 are professors or associate professors – and administrative and logistic personnel.

The Institute of the Americas has been at the forefront of U.S.-Canada-Latin America cooperation for twenty-five years, working with the public and private sectors to encourage investment and information-sharing in energy and technology markets. Led by Jeffrey Davidow, a former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Venezuela, the Institute brings together industry leaders, policy makers and academics for frank and open discussions about business opportunities in the Western Hemisphere. As an impartial and independent non-profit organization, the Institute hosts roundtables and professional workshops from its sweeping complex on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, and in cities throughout Latin America. The Institute’s location 30 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border makes it the premier institution for business exchange on the West Coast of the United States as well a strategic point of entry to Latin America.

The USC U.S.-China Institute enhances understanding of the 21st century’s definitive and multidimensional relationship through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts. USCI’s research, documentaries, and public programs helps to inform public discussion of the complex and evolving U.S.-China relationship and of key political, economic, social, and cultural developments in contemporary China.