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A Dangerous Alliance? The Relationship Between Ecuador and China


  • Salvatore Monni

    () (Dipartimento di Economia Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia)

  • Luca Serafini

    () (Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, España)


The aim of this paper is to outline the relationship between Ecuador and China, highlighting its main threats to the development of the Ecuadorian Republic, and in particular how the implementation of the buen vivir economic paradigm which Ecuador is experimenting with may be affected if it does not change the terms of engagement with the Asian giant. The paper is structured as follows: in the introduction, we present an overview of the historical framework of the Chinese relationship with Ecuador. There follows an analysis supported by data on the commercial situation between the two countries, and its implications for the development of the Latin American state. In our final remarks we present the possible routes that Ecuador could follow to secure its path to development, whilst highlighting possible conditions under which Ecuador could cooperate with China while avoiding a state of dependency.

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  • Salvatore Monni & Luca Serafini, 2018. "A Dangerous Alliance? The Relationship Between Ecuador and China," SEEDS Working Papers 0818, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised Mar 2018.
  • Handle: RePEc:srt:wpaper:0818

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    1. Salvatore Monni & Massimo Pallottino, 2016. "A New Agenda for International Development Cooperation: Lessons learnt from the Buen Vivir experience," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 58(1), pages 49-57, January.
    2. Catherine Walsh, 2010. "Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 53(1), pages 15-21, March.
    3. World Bank, 2015. "World Development Indicators 2015," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 21634.
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    Buen Vivir; China; Dependency; Ecuador; Productive Matrix; Sovereignty;

    JEL classification:

    • B59 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Other
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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