The impact of China’s rise on Latin-american countries

Vol. 35 No. 1 (2015)

Jan-Mar / 2015
Published January 1, 2015
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Aguiar de Medeiros, Carlos, and Maria Rita Vital Paganini Cintra. 2015. “The Impact of China’s Rise on Latin-American Countries”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 35 (1):28-42.

The impact of China’s rise on Latin-american countries

Carlos Aguiar de Medeiros
Professor do Instituto de Economia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro e pesquisador do CNPQ.
Maria Rita Vital Paganini Cintra
Mestre em Economia Política Internacional, Programa de Pós -Graduação em Economia Política Internacional, da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 35 No. 1 (2015), Jan-Mar / 2015, Pages 28-42


We review in this paper the expansion of economic relations between China and Latin America Countries (LAC) in the last decade. The large process of Chinese urbanization was the main driver for LAC commodity exports and China became the largest market for export and large supplier of manufactures for many LAC and its contribution for investment and credit has enlarged as well. In this process of restructuring of international division of labor we considered two different effects, a “demand effect” and a “structure effect” and investigated how complementarity and competitive pressures affected trade within region and in LAC according to their different patterns and productive structure. 

JEL Classification: O1; O5; F1; F4; F6.

Keywords: China Latin America trade patterns complementarity competition trade