China in the Backyard
: Chinese Assertiveness and United States’ Hegemony in Latin America between 2001 and 2015 

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis seeks to analyse the relationship between China's assertive-ness and US hegemony in Latin America in the period 2001-2015. The analysis was done by mixing quantitative and qualitative meth-ods, and has as a central hypothesis that the American hegemony
(which is assumed in retraction) negatively affected China's assertive-ness in the region. The thesis consists of seven chapters, ranging from general conclusions to particular conclusions. The hypothesis proves empirically, but variations are also found between countries and varia-tions by economic activity. I conclude that China approached Latin America through a strategy of accommodative assertiveness, and Latin American countries responded to that approach aiming at di-versifying their relationships.
Date of Award2017
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • King's College London
SupervisorJan Knoerich (Supervisor) & Peter Kingstone (Supervisor)

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