Brazil ties based on ‘equal­ity, re­spect’

China Daily - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Brazil, a key emerg­ing mar­ket econ­omy, is fully aware of its own in­ter­ests and does not need in­struc­tions from oth­ers, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thurs­day.

Lu’s com­ment came af­ter US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo con­trasted the op­por­tu­ni­ties the United States could pro­vide Brazil with those “from oth­ers who want to come to a coun­try and make an in­vest­ment not for com­mer­cial rea­sons but for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons”.

Trump is seek­ing a “real op­por­tu­nity, that is fair, that is re­cip­ro­cal, that is con­ducted trans­par­ently. Not the same model that is used by some other coun­tries in the world”, Pom­peo said when meet­ing on Wed­nes­day with new Brazil­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Ernesto Araujo.

Some me­dia re­ports said that Pom­peo did not men­tion China by name, but clearly pointed to that coun­try.

In re­sponse, Lu said China’s co­op­er­a­tion with Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries, in­clud­ing Brazil, is on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect, equal­ity and mu­tual ben­e­fit.

This type of re­la­tion­ship is not only in line with the in­ter­ests of both sides, but also con­ducive to pro­mot­ing the com­mon in­ter­ests of China and Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries, he said at a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

Brazil is China’s eighth-largest trad­ing part­ner, and China is Brazil’s largest trad­ing part­ner and des­ti­na­tion of ex­ports.

Two-way trade vol­ume be­tween the two coun­tries reached $87.54 bil­lion in 2017, ac­cord­ing to the For­eign Min­istry.

Meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s spe­cial en­voy Ji Bingx­uan, on Wed­nes­day, Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Jair Bol­sonaro said China and Brazil are great coun­tries and the new Brazil­ian govern­ment at­taches great im­por­tance to co­op­er­a­tion with China and is will­ing to push for­ward bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with all-out ef­forts.

The prospects for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries will surely be­come bet­ter, Bol­sonaro said.

Ji said the friend­ship of China and Brazil has be­come a model of re­la­tion­ship be­tween ma­jor de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and South-South co­op­er­a­tion.

Ji, also vice-chair­man of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, was in Brasilia to at­tend Bol­sonaro’s in­au­gu­ra­tion.

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