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Beyond Silk and Silver: China's New Road in the Americas

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 26, 2019


Eric Farnsworth and Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier. (Image: Jorge Merino)

Council of the Americas, Americas Quarterly, and the National Endowment for Democracy will hold a deep-dive discussion on China’s new agenda for engagement in the Americas. This public program will highlight the forthcoming issue of Americas Quarterly, dedicated to exploring in depth the many facets of China’s regional engagement, with a panel discussion of contributors and experts moderated by the magazine's editor-in-chief.

Perhaps no issue this century in the Americas has been as significant as China’s rise, from a limited presence to becoming the top trade partner of much of South America and a major investor across the region. Over time, Beijing also has become more deeply invested in the region’s media, education, and development of ideas. Given the extent of China’s engagement, no issue in regional affairs has stirred more debate in Washington and elsewhere.

What has occurred? Where is the relationship going? What are the economic and democratic governance implications for Latin America and the Caribbean? And how should the region respond? Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and timely conversation on one of the most important issues today in Western Hemisphere affairs.

Keynote Remarks:

  • Kim Breier, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. State Dept.


  • Otaviano Canuto, Principal, Center for Macroeconomics and Development
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Shanthi Kalathil, Senior Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Martin Maciak, Head of Asia Origination and RMB Internationalization, Americas, HSBC Securities (USA), Inc.
  • Christopher Walker, Vice President for Studies and Analysis, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Brian Winter, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Editor in Chief, Americas Quarterly (moderator)

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Video: Beyond Silk and Silver - China's New Road in the Americas

April 26, 2019

At the Americas Quarterly issue launch event, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kimberly Breier urged the Western Hemisphere to hold Chinese influence and investment in the region accountable....