China’s Direct Investment in Latin America

  • Zhimin Yang
Part of the Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path book series (RSCDCDP)


In the past ten years, trade and economic relations between China and Latin America have seen fast development. Latin America has not only become an important trading partner for China, but also the main destination for Chinese investments and the principal overseas contract market of China. In the current international economic environment, and with regards to the new circumstances faced by Chinese and Latin American economy, investment, trade and finance have become the three “engines” boosting Sino-Latin American cooperation more and more significantly. China’s investment in Latin America is not only guided by policies and mechanisms (planning and guidance), but also supported by abundant capital (cooperation fund), as well as the three-party cooperation framework between the Chinese government, quasi-official organizations and enterprises. As Chinese enterprises “go global” and invest in Latin America, they should make the necessary preparations as well as engage in necessary risk prevention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhimin Yang
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  1. 1.Institute of Latin American StudiesChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

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