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What will China bring to the Latin American decade?

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As this edition of Latin Trade goes to press, Beijing authorities announced new rules allowing companies and financial institutions to move yuan offshore for investment. (The renminbi is the official name for China’s legal tender.) The easing of currency regulations, albeit on a trial basis, points to the expanding role of Chinese companies in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in Latin America. As a series of stories in this issue about the Chinese conquista shows, Chinese trade activity has turned into hyperactivity on the acquisition front as these companies, most of them state-run, seek operating control of projects that secure raw materials needed by a nation with a shortage of arable land, minerals and energy.
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