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Over the past two decades, China's presence in Latin America has experienced a remarkable surge, with Chinese state firms becoming significant investors in the region's energy, infrastructure, and space sectors. South America now sees China as its top trading partner, second only to the United States for Latin America as a whole. And the recent diplomatic switch of Honduras from Taipei to Beijing is also indicative of China's growing influence in the region.

Join us for a discussion with Margaret Myers, an expert on China and Latin America, and Director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. Ms. Myers will provide invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of China's influence in Latin America and its broader impact on global geopolitics.

This event offers a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and awareness of the geopolitical dynamics at play and how China's actions in Latin America may affect regional and international relations. Don't miss this critical discussion with a leading expert. Register now to secure your spot.

Why is this Important for Arizona?

Arizona has significant trade relations with Latin American countries, particularly Mexico. China's expanding presence in the region and its role as a significant trading partner could have implications for Arizona's trade and economic interests in the region. Understanding China's actions and intentions in Latin America can help Arizona businesses and policymakers make informed decisions and develop strategies for economic cooperation.


  • Margaret Myers (Director of the Asia & Latin America Program at Inter-American Dialogue)

    Margaret Myers

    Director of the Asia & Latin America Program at Inter-American Dialogue


    Margaret Myers is the director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. She established the Dialogue’s China and Latin America Working Group in 2011 to examine China’s growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Myers also developed the China-Latin America Finance Database, the only publicly available source of empirical data on Chinese state lending in Latin America, in cooperation with Global China Initiative at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center.

    In addition to maintaining the Dialogue’s China and Latin America and 美洲对话 blogs, Myers has published numerous articles on Chinese leadership dynamics, international capital flows, Chinese agricultural policy, and Asia-Latin America relations, among other topics. The Political Economy of China-Latin America Relations and The Changing Currents of Trans-Pacific Integration: China, the TPP, and Beyond, her co-edited volumes with Dr. Carol Wise and Dr. Adrian Hearn, respectively, were published in 2016. Myers has testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the US-China Security and Economic Commission on the China-Latin America relationship. She is also regularly featured in major domestic and international media, including the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, El Comercio, Folha de São Paulo, CNN en Español, CCTV, and Voice of America. In 2018, she was identified by Global Americans as part of the “new generation of public intellectuals.”

    Before arriving at the Dialogue, Myers worked as a Latin America analyst and China analyst for the US Department of Defense, during which time she was deployed with the US Navy in support of Partnership of the Americas. Myers also worked as a senior China analyst for Science Applications International Corporation; a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank; a faculty member at Georgetown University, the George Washington University, and Johns Hopkins SAIS; and for Fauquier County Schools, where she developed the county’s first Mandarin language program. Myers received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and conducted her graduate work at The George Washington University, Zhejiang University of Technology, and the Johns Hopkins University/Nanjing University Center for Chinese-American Studies. Myers was a Council on Foreign Relations term member. She was also the recipient of a Freeman fellowship for China studies, a Fulbright Specialist grant to research China-Colombia relations in Bogotá, and a Woodrow Wilson Center fellowship to write a forthcoming book on China-Latin America relations.

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