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Re: [alpha] INSIGHT - CHINA - China and Latam in 2012 - CN13

Released on 2012-03-05 09:00 GMT

Email-ID 209776
Date 2011-12-16 23:34:10
This is awesome.

Sent from my iPhone
On Dec 16, 2011, at 5:37, Allison Fedirka

ATTRIBUTION: Sino-Latam expert
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Founder of SinoLatin Capital
PUBLICATION: Yes, with no attribution. Per Karen's request.

So here is what I see happening in 2012: Chinese companies will realize
that many of their investments in Latam have been failures:
- Example: Beidahuang in Argentina (Rio Negro)
- Example: Zijin Mining in Peru - Examples: Shunde Ruixin in Chile

Failures have happened for a number of reasons:
1. Lack of understanding of how to do deals overseas, and especially in
2. Perception that the having a relationship with Latam government (ie.
The President or whomever) is good enough
3. The President of the country in many cases can't control what is
going on in a particular province, and Chinese firms need to understand
that the local political situation is what really matters (national
politics is almost irrelevant)
4. Not hiring competent advisors. Not hiring advisors at all. Why?
Mainly because it's difficult for Chinese firms to pay money for
"advice" and also in some cases there isn't a relationship with the
advisor. So the trust isn't there
5. Overpaying for some assets.
6. Underpaying for some assets. In instances where Chinese underpaid,
they bought the wrong asset. It may have been cheap, but that's because
it was located next to the narcotrafficker drug logistics corridor :)

The lessons learned? Those that have lost face won't look inwardly. They
will blame it "on the Peruvians."
a:,*aa(R)*aa*"c,S:*e^2*aa-oS:ae**eu*a:,*aaYEN 1/2. Others will be
more circumspect. There is a Biblical proverb that says that if you
rebuke a wise man, he will appreciate it and grow wiser. And there are a
number of wise people running Chinese companies. Smart people will learn
from their mistakes and do things better the next time around.

Another trend that I see is that Chinese companies will start doing
manufacturing deals. Particularly in Brazil. Excavator companies like
Sany or Zoomlion will buy manufacturing plants in Brazil because they
need to get into the Brazil market. There's going to be an explosion of
activity in this sector.

What isn't clear is what China will do in the Castro-Chavez sphere of
influence (e.g. Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua). In Cuba
there are Chinese firms that built offshore oil rigs. In Venezuela they
are building rail lines. And in Bolivia they are trying to get a hold of
lithium. But I don't see much real investment capital being put at risk.
For all the talk about China's "investments" in Venezuela, a careful
review will show that China isn't really investing. They are just buying
cheap oil from the Venezuelans, selling it at a markup to the Americans,
and with the profits they build railroads (with Chinese equipment,
contractors, etc). China wins in every which way without putting down a
dime of their own capital. On a related note, a month or so ago, thieves
broke into the house of the Head of China Railroad Group in Caracas. It
seems the fellow was held up at gunpoint while the looters stole
everything that wasn't nailed down. Don't get me going on what is going
on in Venezuela. What a mess. It will end very badly for the Chavistas.

In the Taiwan sphere of influence (Caribbean, Central America,
Paraguay), I see China making economic inroads. But I don't think anyone
cares anymore if the particular country recognizes Taiwan. China is
doing things in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, etc. From a political
standpoint, nobody seems to care.

Latin America's 'Honeymoon Period' with China is transitioning into a
more mature marriage. On the plus side, both sides are understanding
each other better. On the negative side, both sides are understanding
each other better :). The more you get to know someone, the more the
warts come out. Chinese firms are increasingly seen as not transparent,
culturally insensitive, capricious and greedy. Latins are viewed by the
Chinese as un-serious, lazy, and burdened with overly complex labor
laws, environmental groups and excessive bureaucracy. Will any of this
impede business? In my book no. This is a marriage in which both sides
really, really need each other. China needs to acquire resources in
order to grow while Latin America needs to sell resources in order to
grow. I think that 2012 will be another year of "settling in" and both
sides will get more and more used to each other. I liken it to being in
the bathroom brushing your teeth while your wife is on the john. When
you get to that point, you know the honeymoon period is over :).

Our firm is still deeply committed to China and Latin America. We act as
a bridge that allows both sides to understand each other and we're
betting our personal and professional careers on the growing linkages
between the two regions. So for all the perceived negativity above,
please interpret it for what it is: an un-jaundiced view of the
situation that isn't prejudicial or political. We've been at this now
for some time and despite the hiccups, we're still very optimistic. We
want China and Latin America to succeed, and we see things getting a

Allison Fedirka
South America Correspondent
US Cell: +1.512.496.3466 A| Brazil Cell: +55.11.9343.7752