An Overlooked Source of Chinese Influence in Latin America

Author
Linda Zhang, Ryan Berg
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Jamestown Foundation
Abstract
The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is drawing increased scrutiny from U.S. policymakers. The International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (ILD) (中共中央对外联络部, zhonggong zhongyang duiwai lianluo bu) is one of the many Chinese organizations active in LAC. Although its footprint is relatively small compared to larger trade and governmental organizations, the ILD’s emphasis on ideology and on long-term relationship building in its engagements is noteworthy and should be monitored more closely within the context of China-Latin America relations.
Topic
Foreign Policy, International Affairs, Political Parties, Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
Political Geography
China, Asia, Latin America