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America’s Back Yard: What Growing East Asian Economic Ties to Latin America Mean for U.S. Business
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 PDT
East Asia’s three biggest economies have surged into Latin America in recent years: China as a commodity buyer, infrastructure investor and dominant lender; Japan as an auto powerhouse; and Korea as a manufacturer, tripling its investment in five years. What impact does this growth mean for the U.S., the region’s historic economic partner, and Latin American countries themselves?
Please join Asia Society Southern California and the Pacific Basin Research Center, Soka University of America, for a program to examine the findings of a new report by Soka’s East Asia-Latin America Task Force. The report looks beyond headline developments, like China overtaking the U.S. as Brazil’s biggest trading partner, to put East Asia’s unprecedented role in perspective in terms of regional growth, economic stability and competition with the U.S. What impact will the faltering Chinese and major Latin American economies have on both sides? Will the freshly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership offer benefits to U.S. investors? How can American companies seize opportunities due to East Asia’s investment in Latin America? Can Los Angeles leverage its role as a trade hub for both regions?
• William Ascher, Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, Claremont McKenna College; Director, Pacific Basin Research Center, Soka University of America
• William Overholt, Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center; President, Fung Global Institute; co-chair of the Task Force
• Thomas E. McLain, Attorney, Hogan Lovells; co-chair of the Task Force
• Jose Luis Leon-Manriquez, Professor of International Relations, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City
• Charles Wolf Jr., Distinguished Chair in International Economics, Pardee Graduate School, RAND Corporation