Politics and International Relations
In the process of studying the rise of China and becoming a superpower a lot of analytical effort has been done on understanding the dynamics of US-China relations. There has been less interest and (analytical precision) in understanding the process and the effects in other areas of the world. There is now a growing effort to close this gap. Less known is US policy towards China not in a bilateral context but specifically in different location or areas of the world. This paper is a contribution to close this gap in relation with Latin America and the Caribbean. Understanding of US policy is a crucial input in the formulation of foreign policy in Latin American capitals, but also in China. I will track the evolution of US reactions and policy in the 21st century to the extraordinary development of China-Latin America relations. Due attention will be paid to issue of “economic statecraft” as a twist to the regular focus on political economy. I will also extend the analysis the sharp policy change that happen with the accession of Donald Trump to the presidency.