Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Latin America: An Analysis of Online Discourse

Ariel C. Armony, Nicolás Velásquez

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After a decade long surge in Sino-Latin American trade, the bilateral relationship has gained political and cultural complexity. Recent public opinion polls depict a mildly positive opinion of China in Latin America. Nonetheless, these polls are not well suited to unveiling the framing of anti-Chinese attitudes that are present among the Latin American public. This research draws on Facebook users’ comments on news articles about China found in eight major newspapers from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Peru. Our main goal is to gain insights into the concepts that structure negative views on China and to reconstruct narratives of anti-Chinese sentiment in Latin America today. Opinions triggered by news about China reveal that “China’s rise” has generated anxieties due mainly to the perceived threats posed by environmental impacts, outward migration, and the demand for natural resources. In addition, these opinions elicit concern over Latin America’s own development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Chinese Political Science
StateAccepted/In press - Sep 9 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Anti-Chinese
  • China
  • Latin America
  • Public Opinion
  • Sino-Latin American Relations
  • Social Media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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