Belt, Road, and Ball? How China’s Soccer Diplomacy Handles Latin America
If “Ping-Pong diplomacy” smoothed out bumpy relations between China and the United States in the 1970s, soccer diplomacy may be China’s key to Latin America now. For at least a decade, soccer has played a role in China’s diplomatic relations with Latin America. Press conferences frequently refer to the sport as an area to increase cooperation and both of China’s policy papers, which outline the country’s official stance in the region, point to sports as a means of exchange, albeit in different ways.