Matt Ferchen

Energy, Resources and Environment

Peer-Reviewed Academic Publications

China–Latin America Relations: Long-term Boon or Short-term Boom?“, The Chinese Journal of International Politics (CJIP), January 28, 2011

China’s domestic development drive has prompted it to develop trade relations with Latin America. While generating positive economic results for both sides in the short-term, the threat of Latin America once again falling into a pattern of export dependency—this time with China—looms large.

Policy Analysis and Opinion


China and the Price of OilThe New York Times, February 4 2015 (Chinese version)

Lower oil prices will affect China’s relations with countries such as Iran and Russia, while also hindering China’s renewable energy development by encouraging consumption of low-cost fossil fuels.

China, Latin America, and the End of the Commodity BoomEL PAÍS, January 9 2015 (Chinese version)

Dropping commodity prices will benefit China and create challenges for Latin American countries, yet this trend also opens the possibility of a more sustainable economic relationship.


Opportunity for Beijing and Washington in Venezuela’s Oil Crisis” The Diplomat, December 11 2014 (Chinese version)

China and the United States could join forces for a more sustainable oil policy in Venezuela.

UN Climate Talks: Is China Still a Poor Country?” China Dialogue, November 26 2014 (Chinese version)

China has enjoyed decades of rapid growth, but remains a developing country where urban and rural citizens have vastly different economic opportunities and income levels.

Crude Complications: Venezuela, China, and the United StatesCarnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, October 23 2014 (Chinese version)

China and the United States see things differently when it comes to Caracas. But they should work together to lessen the climate impact of the oil they import from Venezuela.


China and Venezuela: Equity Oil and Political RiskChina Brief, Volume 13, Issue 3, February 1 2013

China’s quest for natural resources is pushing it into close relationships with questionable regimes around the world.



Export Dependence: If China Stops, Then What?” (with Alicia Garcia-Herrero) China Economic Quarterly, Volume 15, Issue 3, September 2011: 33-37

For the last decade South American exports of mining, agricultural, and energy commodities to China have boomed, leading countries like Argentina, Brazil, and Chile to worry about rising commodity dependency on China.