The economic rise of China has caused a redrawing of global production and value chains, a restructuring of the global division of labour, and a restructuring of patterns of global demand and of the terms of trade. This paper examines the nature of the emerging economic relationship between Latin America and the Caribbean and China, and seeks to offer some reflections on the significance of this relationship for Latin American and Caribbean development. It begins with an overview of trade and investment relationships between Latin American countries and China, and examines the significance of the emergence of China for the region's development strategies and developmental prospects in greater detail. This paper reflects on the early impact of these emerging arrangements on the existing economic relationship between Latin America and the United States, and seeks in some ways to challenge understandings of this sort based on national economies and instead argues for a focus on global production and value chains, as well the new transnational division of labour.


  • Nicola Phillips is Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Economy at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has has published several works in the fields of International Political Economy and Development, with a particular emphasis on the Americas.