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China, Global Governance and the Future of Cuba

Author(s): Adrian H. Hearn

Journal: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
ISSN 1868-1026

Volume: 41;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 155;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Political science | political economy | China | Cuba | international cooperation | economic reforms | 300 | 320 | China | Cuba | Contemporary

China’s deepening engagement with Latin America has been accompanied by concerns about the Chinese government’s regard for international conventions of economic governance. Critics claim that across Latin America and the Caribbean, Chinese aid and trade are characterised by excessive state intervention. This article argues that, for two reasons, the rationale for these misgivings is dissipating. First, since the onset of the global financial crisis, China has gained influence in multilateral institutions, prompting them toward greater acceptance of public spending in developing countries. Second, recent developments in Cuba show that China is actively encouraging the Western hemisphere’s only communist country to liberalise its economy. China sits at the crossroads of these local and global developments, prompting Cuba toward rapprochement with international norms even as it works to reform them.
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