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Latin America's anger grows over China's economic clout – DW – 06/05/2024

Latin America's anger grows over China's economic clout – DW – 06/05/2024
China's growing influence appears to have some drawbacks in Latin America. Beijing has targeted countries such as Guatemala and outraged retailers in Brazil.

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Latin America's anger grows over China's economic clout

Tensions are rising in Latin America as China's economic influence in the region becomes a point of contention. The recent ban on Guatemalan coffee and other goods by China, suspected to be linked to Guatemala's diplomatic ties with Taiwan, has sparked concerns. Similar conflicts have arisen in other countries, such as Costa Rica, where a party organized by Chinese technology giant Huawei led to government intervention.

Brazil has imposed tariffs on Chinese imports, particularly targeting cheap textiles and goods valued under $50. This move has caused backlash from Chinese online retail platform AliExpress and raised concerns about the impact on the local market.

Experts warn that the dominance of China in Latin American economies may not be mutually beneficial, leading to growing criticism of China's trade practices in the region. The geopolitical rivalry between the US and China is also contributing to the tensions, with some predicting more conflict-ridden relations in the future.

While many Latin American countries are experiencing strained relations with China, Nicaragua remains an exception, with the authoritarian government granting numerous mining concessions to Chinese companies. Overall, the current tensions between Central American countries and China may only be the beginning of more conflict-ridden relations in the future.

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