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As Chinese influence in the Americas expands, U.S. policymakers are increasingly concerned about its presence within regional organizations. Despite the focus on specific organizations, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) boast a complex network of governance forums, offering numerous avenues for Chinese engagement. With over 30 regional organizations ranging from established forums like the Organization of American States to ad hoc groups, the LAC region presents a diverse landscape, with Chinese engagement strategy varying from pursuing economic advantages to shaping regional norms. While U.S. attention often centers on select organizations, a broader approach is necessary to prevent alienating LAC leaders and to enhance regional governance effectively.

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Spring 3-2024

When the Dragon Joins the Club—Chinese Engagement in Regional Organizations and Forums in the Americas



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