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Bachelor of Arts


Political Science


This investigation seeks to evaluate the practical strengths and difficulties of China’s positive economic statecraft in Latin American mining countries. I address the following questions: (1) What is the volume and nature of Chinese involvement in Latin America, and in particular in mining countries such as Chile and Peru? (2) What are the tools of economic statecraft employed by China in Latin America, and in particular in Chile and Peru? (3) Considering the case of Chile and Peru, what are the circumstances under which economic statecraft is more or less likely to achieve the political goals of the state?

This paper is divided into seven sections. Firstly, I discuss the background of the current state of economic and political relations between China and Chile and Peru. Secondly,I briefly outline the current aims of the Chinese foreign policy as officially defined by the government of the People’s Republic of China, and consider how these policy objectives can shape China’s economic statecraft in Latin American mining countries. Thirdly, I provide a detailed definition of economic statecraft, followed by a literature review discussing the use of economic statecraft by China in the developing world. Subsequently, I discuss the theory guiding this project. Them, I present the methodology employed in this project. In the sixth section, I present the results of the investigation and provide a discussion of these results. The final section concludes the paper.