Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The BBC on Latin America: China's Influence

The special coverage of Latin America went on last night. The topic this time was the growing influence of China in Latin America -although the report only covered China's influence in Peru and Brazil. This report, kept the simplistic views and, perhaps more importantly for a newsagency, reported old news. Read, for example, this months-old article on Brazil and China. The honeymoon has ended and Brazilian producers are starting to see China as a threat, as well. Please mind this article was written in August 2005.

The report shows a Latin America that is happy to receive the attention of anybody other than the US. The US is shown once again as the bad guy, with the Monroe Doctrine taking a front seat in the analysis. Funnily enough, there is no mention of Mexico's President Vicente Fox rallying NAFTA against the Asian threat.

If you didn't catch it, you didn't miss much. On the upside, reporter Gavin Essler seems to be having a great time in Peru.





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2 Comments:

Blogger Sine Metu said...

Visto en Publius Pundit.

Cada vez nos cerramos más al exterior. Mirá el caso de Argentina.
Es casi de manual del perfecto idiota latinoamericano.
Saludos y suerte con la tesis.

Guillermo

6:30 AM  
Blogger Alvaro Ruiz-Navajas said...

I just want to make clear that these are my thought on the (disappoiting) BBC report, not on international trade. I do believe in opening up economies and international trade -I am an economist, after all.

I was expressing the view that the BBC's report was tremendously uninformative. Not everybody in Latin America is happy about China's increasing influence - take Fox, for example- and the fact that the report just wanted to show the US crying about the loss of its backyard to China and the ordinary citizen happy to get rid of gringo influence.

9:35 AM  

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