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Chinese investors become responsible in Latin America – study

Better days ahead.

Credit to a press wire for positive reporting on China where and when it is due.

Read the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) study here.

Thanks to ChinaSouthAmerica for the heads up.

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Chinese investors become responsible in Latin America – study
By Megan Rowling
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation, published – Thu, 9 May 2013

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Pelicans gather as fishermen unload anchovies from ship at north Peru port of Chimbote. Peru, world’s top fishmeal exporter, sells anchovies as fishmeal for pigs in China. Picture December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Chinese investors in Latin America are showing greater awareness of the social and environmental impacts of their business activities, and have started applying standards to make trade more sustainable, a research report said on Thursday.

The study from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) looked at investment by Chinese state-owned enterprises in Peru, Brazil and Chile, in the mining, agriculture and forestry sectors. China is expected to overtake the European Union to become Latin America’s second-largest trade partner next year, after the United States, it noted.

“While Chinese companies have often been accused of performing worse in terms of sustainability than their foreign and domestic counterparts, evidence for this is far from conclusive,” said Emma Blackmore, the report’s lead author.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Economics, Government & Policy, Ideology, Influence, International Relations, Latin America, Mapping Feelings, Media, Peru, Reuters, Soft Power, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity

The China8 Interviews: Pioneering Log with Bennett from China South America

Wandering China is pleased to launch the very first of the China8 series of interviews. China8 is where China’s perceived and presenting selves are discussed. This it hopes to achieve by looking closely at both China’s international and domestic coherence of its harmonious ascent. Ultimately, Wandering China hopes these perspectives will be helpful for anyone making sense of the fourth rise of the middle kingdom.

On close examination it seems the Chinese are finding it increasingly difficult to bide their time.

Laying low may have been the mandate in dealing multilaterally with the world from Deng’s point of view. However, without the superhero-charged idolatry of the monolith of party holding as much currency, legitimacy to rule China has for the first time in a very long while shifted to one that is based on performance indicators and this means that Chinese leaders now have both top-down and bottom-up pressure to perform. Sons of Heaven need not apply as China communicates a resurrection vaunted to be peaceful and harmonious. While Wandering China makes sense of China from afar, China South America is right in the thick of action being based in Shanghai. WC is pleased to glean first hand knowledge from fellow open source commentator Bennett, owner of China South America who is well placed to read between China’s rhetorical lines. We first met witnessing first hand the identity performance of the Shanghai Expo and it is a pleasure to exchange thoughts again.

For this first instalment, we focus on international relations and implications for trade with the world’s factory. Eight questions based on perceptions of China’s peaceful rise are posed to generate a wider range of open source perspectives in making sense of Chinese political rhetoric and intent. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Bob's Opinion, Charm Offensive, China8 Interviews, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Government & Policy, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Peaceful Development, Peru, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Resources, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade, U.S.

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