confucius institute

China's Economic Expansion to Latin America

Date 日期: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time 时间: 7:30a.m.—9:00a.m.
Location 地点: Business Building 217 (BB217)
Presenter: Tom Narins, PhD
*Continental breakfast included.

This seminar introduces a political-economic concept, defined here as the neoliberal-dirigiste continuum, which offers an explanation of the manner in which Chinese capital and Chinese State Capitalism have been invested and received in different ways across the distinct geographies and countries in Latin America over the last three decades.  

While bilateral trade is one measure used to gauge the attractiveness of the Chinese state capitalist model in targeted Latin American economies, foreign direct investment (FDI) and economic aid/assistance by Chinese firms and Chinese government actors are other mechanisms through which Chinese economic engagement in the region can be assessed.

This talk employs a mixed-methods approach to developing a Chinese economic engagement framework given particular and distinct Latin American foreign policies. The geographic variation of the success of recent Chinese economic activity (particularly foreign investment) in nine targeted Latin American economies (Colombia, Chile, Peru, México, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela) is examined in order to understand Chinese economic actors’ engagement in the region compared with that of European and US economic actors.  


[About the Presenter] 

Tom Narins (Ph.D. UCLA) is an incoming Assistant Professor of Geography in the University at Albany’s Department of Geography and Planning. He is fascinated by the ways in which distinct economic and political frameworks shape the success of Chinese economic actors’ trade and investment plans in developing world regions, particularly in Latin America and Africa.

Before UCLA, Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in government focusing on US-China relations and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on international business. He has held a private sector position at a joint-venture telecommunications company where he worked on projects in both China and Latin America. It is in this role where he witnessed the very real and growing connections between Chinese economic actors and those in the developing world.