China entdecken, China erleben, China begreifen: Junge Wissenschaftler:innen reden von eigenen Erfahrungen
Concept and moderation:
Dr Wang Yi, Director, International Office, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Isabel Rosales, University of Hamburg
In December 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Panama for a state visit, the first of its kind since China and the Central American country established diplomatic relations in June 2017. For nearly 60 years, the Asian power in Central America was not the People’s Republic of China, but Taiwan. Yet starting in 2017, Panama, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador surprised many by switching their diplomatic recognition to Beijing, joining Costa Rica, which had done so in 2007. While four Central American nations remain today within Taiwan’s circle of international supporters – Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and, Nicaragua, it is fair to wonder whether those alliances, too, may now change. Central America seems particularly fertile ground for Chinese expansion. Linked by 21 major infrastructure projects like ports, telecommunications, rapid trains and roads, Central American governments see Chinese engagement as an opportunity to build back better after the pandemic. In a region that has been devastated by COVID-19, two major hurricanes, and is suffering from deep, structural democratic deficits, this new engagement with China could put strains in the balance of power in a highly sensitive area for the United States.
Isabel Rosales is a Political Scientist and has a master’s in international relations from the Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala. PhD candidate in Political Science from the University of Hamburg and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. She was the first Guatemalan woman to receive a doctoral scholarship in Political Science with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Isabel works for CIVICUS World Alliance with human rights organizations in Central America.
The event will be held in English and takes place on Zoom online platform.