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China, The United States, and the Future of Latin AmericaU.S.-China Relations, Volume III$
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David Denoon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479899289

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479899289.001.0001

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Central America and the Caribbean’s Relations with China and the United States

Central America and the Caribbean’s Relations with China and the United States

Contrasting Experiences! Converging Prospects?

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(p.232) 10 Central America and the Caribbean’s Relations with China and the United States
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China, The United States, and the Future of Latin America
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Richard L. Bernal

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479899289.003.0010

The United States has been and continues to be the dominant and unchallenged global power in Central America and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, China’s economic, diplomatic, and psychological presence in the Caribbean and to a lesser extent in Costa Rica has increased during the last decade. This economic rise of China and its growing involvement in international affairs has prompted a discussion about whether China’s growing presence in the Caribbean is a trend about which the U.S. should be concerned and whether it portends a challenge by China in the way that it is jousting with the U.S. over influence in the Pacific Ocean and Asia. This chapter begins with a brief review of U.S.-China relations and the Obama administration’s China policy, and then examines the diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations between Central America and the Caribbean and China. It concludes that China’s increased presence in the Central America and the Caribbean and the deepening of its relations with some of these countries does represent a challenge to the position and traditional role of the United States in this region.

Keywords:   Geopolitics, China-Taiwan relations, Central America and the Caribbean, U.S.-China relations

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