Western views of China’s growing influence in Latin America are riddled with misconceptions. That’s just fine with Beijing, says Oliver Stuenkel, a professor at Brazil’s Fundação Getulio Vargas and the author of The BRICS and the Future of Global Order. In this episode of the Americas Quarterly podcast, Stuenkel explains how simplistic ideas about China’s efforts in the region have helped the country advance its interests. Stuenkel and AQ Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter also discuss the calculated approach Chinese leaders are taking towards Venezuela, and a tumultuous presidential race in Brazil.
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