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The Tropical Silk Road
The Future of China in South America
Edited by Paul Amar, Lisa Rofel, Fernando Brancoli, Maria Amelia Viteri and Consuelo Fernández-Salvador

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November 2022
432 pages.
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Hardcover ISBN: 9781503633193
Paperback ISBN: 9781503633803

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This book captures an epochal juncture of two of the world's most transformative processes: the People's Republic of China's rapidly expanding sphere of influence across the global south and the disintegration of the Amazonian, Cerrado, and Andean biomes. The intersection of these two processes took another step in April 2020, when Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a "New Health Silk Road" agenda of aid and investment that would wind through South America, extending the Eurasian-African "Belt and Road Initiative" to the Latin American tropics.

Through thirty short essays, this volume brings together an impressive array of contributors, from economists, anthropologists, and political scientists to Black, feminist, and Indigenous community organizers, Chinese stakeholders, environmental activists, and local journalists to offer a pathbreaking analysis of China's presence in South America. As cracks in the progressive legacy of the Pink Tide and the failures of ecocidal right-wing populisms shape new political economies and geopolitical possibilities, this book provides a grassroots-based account of a post-US centered world order, and an accompanying map of the stakes for South America that highlights emerging voices and forms of resistance.

About the authors

Paul Amar is Professor of Global Studies and Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lisa Rofel is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Maria Amelia Viteri is Professor of Anthropology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ).

Consuelo Fernández-Salvador is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ).

Fernando Brancoli is Adjunct Professor of International Security and Geopolitics at the Institute of International Relations and Defense at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IRID-UFRJ).