International Symposium “Enhancing mutual understanding between China and Latin America”

To mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between China and Peru, the Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies held the international symposium “Enhancing the Mutual Understanding between China and Latin America” on October 26–29. The event also served as the launchpad for the book “Finding a Way to Avoid the Middle Income Trap: The Cases of China and Peru,” edited by Dr. Zhang Yuyan, Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Dr. Rosario Santa Gadea, Director of the Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies, with contributions from 22 academics from both sides of the Pacific.

The symposium was the setting for presentations and comments by 16 prominent academics from China and Peru (14 of whom contributed chapters to the book) divided into five thematic sessions: “Driving forces of the Middle-Income Trap: Implications for China and Peru,” “Differentiated Economic Transition Processes in Emerging Economies,” “China and Peru in the World: The Process of Economic Opening,” “Regional Development Challenges in China and Peru” and “Investment in infrastructure in China and Peru.”

The four-day event attracted an audience of more than 800 interconnected attendees, among them ambassadors, members of the Peruvian and international diplomatic corps, representatives of international organizations, Peruvian public officials, union delegates, domestic and international business executives, and academics from the Latin American and Asia-Pacific regions.

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