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

We encourage you to physically attend the event in the Hague, despite the train strike on Friday, but in case you have no other option, participation is also possible online. Please register HERE for the seminar and you will receive travel instructions to Clingendael, and the zoom link (Friday morning).

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 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, the 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 done for the China Knowledge Network (funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence). In three reports, to be published in 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. China's engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean: Geopolitical challenges and the role of the EU 


On 9 September we will discuss important findings and policy recommendations with scholars, policy-makers and civil society, moderated by journalist Edwin Koopman. Please register here. For questions:  


13:00 – 13:30 Arrival with coffee and tea 


13:30 – 13:45 Introduction & Presentation 

Yvette van Eechoud, Min. of Foreign Affairs 

Michiel Baud, CEDLA-UvA 

13:45 – 14:30 Roundtable 1: China in the Caribbean Basin – Between Risk and Opportunity for the KNL (Report 2) 

Jorien Wuite, Member of Parliament, D66 

Rubén González-Vicente, Univ. of Birmingham 

Gert Oostindie, Univ. Leiden & KITLV 

Heleen Schrooyen, NIMD 

14:30 – 14:50 Q&A 


14:50 – 15:15   Coffee & tea break 


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

Frans-Paul van der Putten, CKN Clingendael 
Maurice van Beers, CNV Internationaal 

Barbara Hogenboom, CEDLA-UvA 

16:00 - 16:30 Q&A  

and closing words 

Marc Moquette, Min. of Foreign Affairs 

16:30 Drinks 



Yvette van Eechoud is Director Western Hemisphere (Americas/Caribbean) at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Michiel Baud is a historian and Professor of Latin American studies at CEDLA, University of Amsterdam. 


Jorien Wuite is a D66 Member of Parliament and a former Minister (Sint Maarten). 


Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente is a political economist and political geographer and Associate Professor at the University of Birmingham. 


Gert Oostindie is Professor emeritus of Colonial and Postcolonial History at Leiden University and former Director of the KITLV. 


Frans-Paul van der Putten is a Senior Research Associate and China specialist at the Clingendael Institute. 


Heleen Schrooyen is a Senior Advisor Strategic Relations at NIMD, the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy.  


Maurice van Beers, Coordinator Latin America CNV Internationaal. 


Barbara Hogenboom is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Amsterdam and Director of CEDLA, the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation.  


Marc Moquette is Knowledge Envoy China at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Edwin Koopman is a journalist at Bureau Buitenland-VPRO and Trouw. 

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