Date Presented

Spring 4-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


International Relations

First Advisor

Dr. Richards

Second Advisor

Dr. Payerhin


This paper addresses the exploitative relationship seen amongst core-periphery areas as described in world systems theory through analyzing relations between Argentina and China as well as other trade partners. Looking at trends in trade, including general commodity trade statistics and trade of primary versus non-primary products, this study aims to demonstrate the growing treatment of Argentina as a periphery in relation to China as a core in contrast to Argentina’s relatively fixed status with the rest of its trade partners. The study also looks at Chinese investments in infrastructure that help support the idea of a core-periphery relationship from China’s growing influence in state matters. The study is able to conclude that Argentina is treated as a periphery in its relations with China as a core.