China on the Ground in Latin America

October 22, 2014 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm EDT

A Book Launch

China on the Ground in Latin America, tells the story of the fundamental changes in the nature of PRC engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean since 2009 as Chinese companies have begun to operate in the region. The book analyzes Chinese commercial activities across sectors from petroleum, mining, and agriculture to manufacturing, construction, and other services, and analyzes how this new physical presence is creating challenges for Chinese businesses, ranging from security concerns, to winning projects, to dealing with local laborers, communities, indigenous groups, and environmentalists. In the process, it analyzes the dilemma that the Chinese government faces regarding how to use its growing soft power and other instruments to protects its interests in the region in the context of its insistence on its respect for the internal affairs of its partners as sovereign countries. Join us for the launch of China on the Ground in Latin America with author and Americas Program Senior Associate Evan Ellis for a conversation on the new book and the important relationship between China and the region.


R. Evan Ellis
Author, and
Senior Associate
CSIS Americas Program

Moderated by:

Carl Meacham
CSIS Americas Program

This event is open to the public, but seating is limited. To RSVP, please send confirmation to the Americas Program at


Evan Ellis
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program