The director of the Argentine Trade and Investment Agency is assessing the country`s relations with South American countries in China, which are similar to Central American countries, which have been excluded from trade with the United States due to minimum wage issues, could also begin to shift their trade faces further toward China. But that will probably mean that concessions will have to be made. China, which has already pledged to provide considerable financial and infrastructure resources to Africa, is picking up two continents at the same time – a financial line that is a financial fork even for Beijing`s pockets. The region`s hot spots are further north around the Panama Canal, while China still appears to be examining the easiest places to reach in South America. DC: Can a free trade agreement be reached between Argentina and China? In the long term, and given the huge network of Free Trade Areas and chinese economies that are forming along the Belt and Road initiative, including the Eurasian Economic Union and throughout Africa, further study is warranted. This relationship is relevant to the extent that China has a free trade agreement with ASEAN and EAEU (although there are still collective bargaining), while Mercosur has an agreement with the Southern African Customs Union, meaning that the use of Chinese facilities in these regions could be beneficial. With dozens of agreements signed in recent years, Argentina and China consider themselves “strategic partners” and have a significant trade and investment relationship. When trade between China and Argentina increased after the initial deficit, China began to turn to Argentina`s local markets and infrastructure. China has invested in major projects in Argentina, such as roads, railways and seaports, to increase the profitability of exports to China.  Chinese interest in Argentina has focused on production sectors related to exports to China, such as oil, railways for transporting products to different parts of the country and the soybean industry.  In 2010, Chinese investment influenced the Economic Commission for Latin America, which strongly influenced Argentina`s economy.  One of China`s influences has been the supply of industrial goods to Argentina`s expanding economy, such as: mobile telephony, radio, television and computers.  In 2010, Argentina`s census identified 11,804 Chinese immigrants living within its borders, 75.6% of whom were immigrants from the People`s Republic of China.
 Under the 2004 Argentine Immigration Act, foreign immigrants are allowed to stay in the country, either as permanent residents, as refugees or as temporary residents.  The National Directorate of Migration (NDM) confirmed that between 2004 and 2013, 17,505 Chinese citizens had approved their applications for permanent residence.  After this period, the NDM published in 2014 its analysis/study of the 2003-2013 census, which showed that 48.8% of Chinese immigrants had violated Argentine law on a certain date during that period.  This statistic represents a relatively small number of Chinese immigrants who are actually in the prison system – especially the 19 Chinese immigrants out of 2,259 foreigners in the Argentine prison system.  Crimes against Chinese citizens of Argentina have not been solved.