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Chinese Influence in the Americas

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

GC - Graham University Center, 355
11200 SW 8th ST 33199, Graham University Center, Miami, Florida 33199

Join us for a panel discussion with thought leaders and industry professionals focusing on security challenges regarding Chinese engagements with countries in Latin America. Panelists will look at how China’s activities in the region are affecting U.S. security interests and the interests of its partners.

A virtual option will be available for those who cannot attend in person. The link will be available soon!

Panelists include:

Margaret Myers, The Inter-American Dialogue

Parsifal D’Sola, Andrés Bello Foundation

Moderated by:
Dr. Jin (Julie) Zeng, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University


About Margaret Myers

Margaret Myers is the director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. She established the Dialogue’s China and Latin America Working Group in 2011 to examine China’s growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Myers also developed the China-Latin America Finance Database, the only publicly available source of empirical data on Chinese state lending in Latin America, in cooperation with Global China Initiative at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center.


About Parsifal D’Sola Alvarado

Chinese foreign policy analyst specializing in Sino-Latin American relations with a focus on Venezuela. Parsifal is a nonresident senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub. Between 2019 and 2020, he acted as Chinese foreign policy advisor to the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Interim Government of Venezuela. Parsifal lived in Beijing between 2008 and 2016 where he worked as communications manager for the news agency China Files. He holds a BS in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, an MA in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and an advance language diploma from Beijing Language and Culture University.


About Dr. Jin (Julie) Zeng

Dr. Jin Zeng is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University. Her primary research interests are political economy of development, state-society relations, and the politics of economic reform, with a focus on China. She is the author of the book, State-Led Privatization in China—The Politics of Economic Reform (Routledge, 2013). In that book, she examines the initiation, implementation, and dynamics of privatization in China. Building on rich fieldwork data gathered in three Chinese cities (Shenyang, Shanghai and Xiamen), the book offers the first comparative study of China’s privatization processes at the local level. Instead of perceiving the reform as either top-down or bottom-up, Jin Zeng adopts a multi-level interaction approach to examine how the complex interplay of the central leadership, grassroots officials, and state-owned enterprise managers and workers shaped the contour of privatization in China. Dr. Zeng has also published articles in scholarly journals such as Third World Quarterly, Journal of Chinese Political Science, and Asian Perspective.

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