CELAC as a strategic vehicle for China's relations with Latin America (2011–2018)

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Adrián Bonilla Soria, profesor-investigador, FLACSO (Ecuador) y Lorena Herrera-Vinelli, docente e investigadora, Centro de Relaciones Internacionales, Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN, Ecuador).

This paper examines China-Latin America relations through the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in the 2011-2018 period. In this context, the main perspectives on integration and regionalism are discussed, and CELAC is shown to possess the characteristics of a regional body. It is proposed that the relationship China seeks through this body can be explained by its interest in institutionalising a mechanism for rapprochement with Latin America and the Caribbean. It is noted that CELAC is seen by China as a strategic vehicle that allows it to engage bilaterally with various countries and develop an economic strategy under structurally asymmetric conditions. However, its institutional nature has prevented it from serving these interests. As per the methodology, documentary and qualitative data analysis is made using the systematisation of an unpublished database.

Keywords: regionalism, China, Latin America, CELAC, political economy

DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2020.124.1.173

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How to cite this article: Bonilla Soria, Adrián y Herrera-Vinelli, Lorena. «CELAC como vehículo estratégico de relacionamiento de China hacia América Latina (2011-2018)». Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, n.º 124 (abril de 2020), p. 173-198. DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2020.124.1.173