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China and Latin America: How will the COVID-19 crisis impact the relationship?

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 8, 2020


Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Xi Jinping. (AP)

China provided Latin America a critical lifeline during the last economic crisis, but it’s not clear it will do so again. What can we expect from Beijing in terms of finance and investment? How are China’s relationships with Latin American governments evolving amid the COVID-19 crisis?


  • Tatiana Rosito, Senior Fellow, the Brazilian Center for International Relations
  • Margaret Myers, Director of the Asia and Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue @MyersMargaret
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @ericfarns
  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly @Ctornaghi (moderator)

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Eric Farnsworth

Vice President, COA, Washington D.C. Office

Eric Farnsworth is vice president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, heading the Washington, DC, office since 2003. The organization is the leading voice on the hemisphere, where the public and private sectors meet to discuss and promote an agenda based on democratic governance, open markets, and the rule of law. He is a recognized expert on hemispheric affairs and U.S. foreign and trade policy, having given congressional testimony numerous times.

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Margaret Myers

Director of the Asia and Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue

Margaret Myers is the director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. Before arriving at the Dialogue, Myers worked as a Latin America analyst and China analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense. She 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, and for Fauquier County Schools, where she developed the county’s first Mandarin language program.

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Tatiana Rosito

Senior Fellow, Brazilian Center for International Relations

Tatiana Rosito is a senior fellow at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), where she coordinates the China Analysis Group under the Asia Program. She is a diplomat and economist, having worked and lived over ten years in Asia, where she served at the embassies of Brazil in Beijing and Singapore. Between 2017 and 2019, Rosito was Petrobras’ chief China representative and the general manager for business development in Asia.

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Cecilia Tornaghi

Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly

Cecilia Tornaghi is the managing editor of Americas Quarterly. A Brazilian-American journalist, she has been covering Latin America for the last 20 years with a focus on policy, business and economics. She spent 13 years at Bloomberg, starting as a Nasdaq reporter, then as an anchor, news editor, deputy managing editor for Bloomberg Brasil TV and lastly as Latin America correspondent for Bloomberg TV interviewing heads of state, cabinet members, and C-suite executives from across the region.

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Video: China and Latin America - How will the COVID-19 crisis impact the relationship?

April 08, 2020

Experts discussed shifts in the China-Latin America relations since the pandemic hit the region....