China Brags: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Wants ‘Better and Better’ Ties with Beijing

Breitbart | 1/3/2019 | Staff
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China’s state media reported Thursday that Ji Bingxuan, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s special envoy to Brazil for the inauguration of conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, delivered a personal letter from Xi to the new president and received “warm greetings” to send back to Beijing.

The Global Times, a state-run media outlet, added that Bolsonaro appeared enthusiastic to expand relations with China.

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“The prospect for cooperation between the two countries will surely become better and better,” Bolsonaro reportedly told Ji during their meeting Wednesday. He also reportedly said that “China and Brazil are both great countries and the new government of Brazil attaches great importance to cooperation with China and is willing to push forward bilateral relations.”

Ji related Xi’s desire to see a growing Chinese role in Brazil, reportedly stating that Beijing seeks to “strengthen all-round exchanges, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields and develop closer multilateral coordination, to promote greater development of comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries” during Bolsonaro’s tenure.

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China’s Foreign Ministry also expressed enthusiasm in discussing ties with Bolsonaro.

“I would like to reiterate that China’s cooperation with Brazil and other Latin American countries featuring mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit serves the respective interests as well as the common interests of China and Latin American countries,” ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters on Wednesday. “Brazil, an important emerging market, clearly knows where its interests lie and certainly need no preaching from others.”

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The friendly exchange between Bolsonaro and a representative of the largest communist country in the world comes as something of a surprise given Bolsonaro’s statements about wanting to distance Brazil from China on the campaign trail, as well as his call for a global right-wing coalition against communism in a conference appearance last month. Bolsonaro the candidate infuriated Beijing by visiting Taiwan, a tacit acknowledgment of its...
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