With China's growing global influence front of mind, the Biden administration has worked in recent months to tighten coordination with allies and partners, whether in the Indo-Pacific, Latin America, or other regions. Quad leaders met in May to reaffirm their commitments to Indo-Pacific security, while the AUKUS agreement sought to align Australian, UK, and US military interests in support of peace in the Pacific. The Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, announced at the Los Angeles Summit of the Americas this past June has the potential, if executed in a timely manner, to intensify US economic engagement across the region. At the same time, and despite prospects for economic recession at home, China remains committed to delivering digital, energy, and transport infrastructure through its Belt and Road Initiative, while also striking and expanding trade, investment, and traditional and non-traditional security agreements across the Pacific, including in Chile and other parts of Latin America. China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has also ventured far beyond the Asian region, having already recruited several Latin American members. The BRICS arrangement is also set to grow, with China having expressed recent support for Argentina's membership.
The Inter-American Dialogue and the Chile Pacific Foundation are pleased to convene four top experts on the wide range of economic and security arrangements emerging across the Pacific. Our panelists will consider the perceived value of these varied arrangements among actors along the Pacific Rim, their effects so far, and any possible implications for the Latin American region.