China’s increasing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean: What are the implications for the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the EU?

Time: Friday 9 September 2022, 13:00–16:30

Place: Clingendael Institute, Clingendael 7, 2597 VH The Hague

Organiser: Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, CEDLA-UvA

Far away from the new Cold War on European soil, Latin American and Caribbean countries are faced with crucial decisions. How do they shape the future of their societies, and, importantly, which external actors do they trust to help them? For the LAC region, the challenge is more complex than a simple contrast between Chinese economic power and US and European values. This complexity is visible on both sides of the equation. On the one hand, Chinese economic involvement does not necessarily or consistently threaten democratic values in the region and, on the other, US (and European) involvement does not necessarily always bring respect for human rights and democracy.


What is the nature of the increasing presence of China in the LAC region, and what are the implications for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the EU and also the US? This question is central to the research project that CEDLA has undertaken for the China Knowledge Network (funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence). In three reports, to be published the week before the event, these key dimensions are scrutinized:


1. China’s economic and political role in Latin America

2. China’s economic and political role in the Caribbean and Central America

3. A changing world order and geopolitical challenges for LAC: Trends, scenarios, and where the EU can come in


On 9 September we will discuss important findings and policy recommendations with policy-makers, scholars and civil society.

Day program 

13:00 – 13:30 Arrival and coffee

13:30 – 13:45 Introduction and presentation

13:45 – 14:30 Roundtable 1: China in the (Dutch) Caribbean – Between risk and opportunity for the KNL (on Report 2)

14:30 – 14:50 Q&A

14:50 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:00 Roundtable 2: How can Dutch and EU policies address China’s growing influence in LAC? (on Reports 1 and 3)

16:00 - 16:30 Q&A and closing words

16:30 Drinks

Please contact us for more information. More details and speakers will be soon announced.



LASP is the platform for collaboration of researchers from the following academic institutions:

- Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA/UvA)
- Department of Cultural Anthropology of Utrecht University (CA/UU)
- Programme Group Governance for Inclusive Development of the University of Amsterdam (GID/UvA)
- Department of Latin American Studies of Leiden University (LAS/LU)
- Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of VU University Amsterdam (SCA/VU)
- Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS/EUR)
- Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Radboud University (CADS/RU)
- Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies of Radboud University (HLCS/RU)

The Board consists of representatives of the participating institutes:

Prof. dr. Barbara Hogenboom (UvA, CEDLA)
Prof. dr. Brigitte Adriaensen (Radboud)
Prof. dr. Edmund Amann (LU)
Prof. dr. Wil Pansters (UU)
Prof. dr. Marjo de Theije (VU)
Dr. Kees Biekart (ISS)
Dr. Courtney Vegelin (UvA, IDS)
Dr. Tine Davids (Radboud)
Dr. Elisabet Rasch (WUR)
Coordination: dr. Julienne Weegels (UvA, CEDLA)