Workshop-Seminar: China, Latin America and the Caribbean, and European Union: A triangular relationship?

On 4th November the EU-LAC Foundation, CAF Development Bank of Latin America and the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies organised the workshop- seminar China, Latin America and the EU – a triangular relationship? This event was held in the framework of the Latin American Autumn in Hamburg.

The workshop sought to analyse the dynamics of interaction between the three regions with the goal of identifying the opportunities and challenges in a triangular relationship China- Latin America & Caribbean- European Union.

The welcome words pronounced by Guillermo Fernández de Soto, Director for Europe at CAF, Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte, Vice President and Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, and Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, President of the EU-LAC Foundation. M. Fernández de Soto highlighted that the relations between the EU, LAC and China are complementary and not competitive, which reveals a formidable space for forging this trilateral alliance. For its part, Benita Ferrero stressed that China, Latin America and China have the potential to contribute to the attainment of great goals if they join their efforts, as the three have an increasing role in the economic, geostrategic and political fields.

Representatives from different political, academic and scholar institutions in the three regions kindled the debate during the three panel sessions, including among others, Sebastián Nieto Parra from the OECD Development Centre, Mario Cimoli from ECLAC, Carlos Malamud and Mario Esteban from the Royal Institute Elcano, Wu Guoping from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Corinna Bremer from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Éric Dubesset from the Bordeaux University and Renato Flôres from the Fundação Getulio Vargas.

The workshop-seminar provided a space for addressing pertinent and sometimes contentious topics as the implications of China’s rise and reinforced ties with Latin America in the EU-CELAC partnership, the China-CELAC Forum and its potentialities, the future scenarios of Chinese investments and loans in Latin America and their eventual implications for Europe, among others.