China’s growing Latin America ties also matter for Australia

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When China’s increasing links to Latin America are discussed, Australia might not be the first country that comes to mind.

  • Erin Watson-Lynn
  • the interpreter
  • Lowy Institute

But for Australian policy makers, Beijing’s push into Latin America matters.

Australia must do more itself to strengthen its otherwise nascent relationships with the region, especially as China works to fill the vacuum left by the United States’ absence in the region.

Two important developments make this need clear.

  • Rethinking Australia’s geographic proximity

It is wrong to assume that Australia is irrelevant when it comes to developments between China and Latin America more broadly.

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