The U.S. has imposed trade tariffs against China, the EU and Japan. It is re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. In the process, it is changing the global trading system.
But, for some countries, this may present an opportunity. In Latin America, a region that trades heavily with the U.S., a tit-for-tat trade war is opening the Latin American market even further as countries like China look for new places to fill the gaps left behind by its U.S. imports.
So, how might a U.S. trade war strengthen ties between China and Latin America?
To discuss China-Latin America trade relations:
- Wenyuan Wu is the author of the new book, “Chinese Oil Enterprises in Latin America.”
- Mauricio Santoro is head of the department of international relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
- Haibin Niu is deputy director of the Center for American Studies at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.
- Eric Farnsworth is vice president of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society.