This document is a contribution by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) for the discussions at the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which will take place in Santiago on 22 January 2018. It was prepared on the basis of the main issues addressed at the First CELAC-China High-level Academic Forum, held at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago on 17 and 18 October 2017.
The document summarizes the trade, financial and investment relationships between the region and China, and their respective situations in terms of macroeconomic, environmental, infrastructure, science, technology and innovation, and social development policies. Common challenges and opportunities for sharing experiences and knowledge of mutual benefit can be identified in all these areas. The Second Ministerial Meeting of the China-CELAC Forum presents an excellent opportunity to strengthen all aspects of the relationship between the region and China, contributing to the sustainable and inclusive development of both.