Politics and International Relations
Although many economists and political scientists have questioned the role of China in the Developed World, few have explored the implication of the rise China on the Caribbean Community. In recent years, China has deepened its economic reach in the Caribbean Community through massive infrastructural projects such as national stadiums and road construction. This is occurring at a time when the UK BREXIT referendum to leave the EU has created concerns for Caribbean countries that have formal trade, aid and investment treaties with the EU and none with Britain alone. Britain outside the EU deprives the Caribbean of a sympathetic voice on a range of issues, including financial services, and official development assistance. Some analysts have argued that the rise of China may fill this void and replicate another imperial order that could be detrimental to the Caribbean and other small island developing states. Thus, the primary focus of this paper is to critically interrogate the rise of China and identify the implications for the Caribbean Community.