Friday, April 12th 2013 - 05:59 UTC

Brazil and the US upgrading diplomatic ties and thinking in more bilateral trade

President Dilma Rousseff will make the first formal state visit by a Brazilian leader to the United States in nearly two decades, according to Reuters’ news agency. The trip allegedly will occur later this year likely in October, officials said on condition of anonymity because the White House has not yet announced the visit.

A state visit for President Rousseff, a treat for Washington’s closest strategic allies

A state visit, which includes formalities such as a black-tie dinner and a military ceremony upon arrival, is usually reserved for Washington's closest strategic partners.

The upgrade in diplomatic ties is likely to rekindle hopes for a long-sought treaty to avoid double taxation on Brazilian and US businesses, as well as the chance for greater commerce between the two largest economies in the Americas.

Bilateral trade totalled about 59 billion dollars last year, but Brazil's economy remains relatively closed to imports and its 200 million-strong population is seen as a big potential growth market for US companies.

Washington is also concerned about the advance of China in the region where it has become the main trading partner of several countries, including Brazil and Pacific countries, displacing the US from that privileged position.

The red-carpet reception also will be a political victory for Rousseff, a left-leaning but pragmatic leader who has sought closer relations with the United States but felt snubbed when President Barack Obama did not host a more elaborate welcome during a White House visit in April 2012.

Relations have been cordial, but marked by disagreements.

Latin America's biggest country has been frustrated by a perceived lack of support from Washington as it seeks a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and other recognition of its rising influence following an economic boom over the past decade.

Rousseff's predecessor, Lula da Silva, angered Washington by blocking hemispheric trade talks and trying to broker a deal to end the global standoff over Iran's nuclear program in 2010, the final year of his presidency.

Rousseff, by contrast, has mostly avoided dealing with Iran, more strongly emphasized human rights in Brazil's foreign relations and also taken a relative distance from Venezuela, Washington's loudest antagonist in Latin America.

The last Brazilian president to make a state visit to the United States was Fernando Henrique Cardoso, in 1995.

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1 GeoffWard2 (#) Apr 12th, 2013 - 11:28 am Report abuse
Dilma should take care, she could be impounded when she sets foot on US soil.
People have long memories, and what was done can not be undone, only set aside in the greater global interest.
2 yankeeboy (#) Apr 12th, 2013 - 12:11 pm Report abuse
MercoSur is going to die shortly so it is a good time to get this all ironed out.
Brazil needs to grow up and abide by international law and treaties. US companies need to have their patents respected and not stolen by Brazilian companies FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE.
Until that happens I don't see why we would bother transferring military technology to them either, let France give away their technology for a song we don't want to.
3 ChrisR (#) Apr 12th, 2013 - 01:18 pm Report abuse
@1 GeoffWard2

Good point for those who understand it but Obama hasn't got the balls and he is sucking up to SA under a delusion they will change their hatred of the Americans for just the reason Dilma needs to be careful.

The Americans did nothing about the plane that was impounded by Timerman so the other problem is just too hot to tackle.
4 Hepatia (#) Apr 12th, 2013 - 05:31 pm Report abuse For the good of which people?
5 briton (#) Apr 12th, 2013 - 06:14 pm Report abuse
heppa the accademic,
6 yankeeboy (#) Apr 12th, 2013 - 10:03 pm Report abuse
3. I wouldn't say we did nothing. after Timmerman boarded the jet the Rg have been frozen out diplomatically in the USA, IMF, IDB, WB.
It will take time we must abide by the rules/regs of the entities
but they will pay
We have a long memory for breaches of etiquette
7 Troy Tempest (#) Apr 13th, 2013 - 12:17 am Report abuse
Looks like the end of Mercosur.

Certainly, it's usefulness is over for all. All but Argentina and Venezuela.

Maduro might find it easier just to fun for Pres. of Mercosur - likely to be uncontested because it has no real power.
8 Math (#) Apr 13th, 2013 - 02:21 am Report abuse
Oh my, Brazilian foreign policy with those two in charge were shameful. Anyway, subsidised agriculture in US will continue to be an issue, Brazil will not change its policies for a while, specially with this woman in charge. Are the guys in Washington awared her party might be supporting North Korea?
9 John III (Pope) (#) Apr 13th, 2013 - 06:11 am Report abuse
Are you aware that the CIA have implanted a tracking chip in your brain which can only be defeated if you put your tin foil hat back on?
10 Troy Tempest (#) Apr 13th, 2013 - 02:40 pm Report abuse
Are you “Toby” or “Sussie”??

I am so confused.
11 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 13th, 2013 - 05:39 pm Report abuse
Troy in concept, they are all one of the same.
12 briton (#) Apr 13th, 2013 - 06:13 pm Report abuse
you-can only be defeated if you put your tin foil hat back on?

Another CFK joke..
13 Baxter (#) Apr 14th, 2013 - 12:31 am Report abuse
It is obvious that Brazil has decided , rightly so , that Mercosur is not a real free trade club . Mainly due to Argentine import restrictions . Also the strange love affair with Venezuela and Iran . So they are going the way of logic and common sense.
Make a deal with normal countries , like the USA , and normal groupings , like the EU . Though with the latter they will need to mend fences with Paraguay . The EU still does not understand the logic of expelling Paraguay from Mercosur . Perhaps Rousseffs long time advisor has taken a back seat and the Foreign Ministry is back in charge !
14 John III (Pope) (#) Apr 14th, 2013 - 04:08 am Report abuse
Having a tracking device implanted into your brain is no joke!
15 Troy Tempest (#) Apr 14th, 2013 - 04:32 am Report abuse
@11,12 UK &US dudes

Hey guys, Sussie has slipped a few cogs @14.
I really thought Sussie would have self-destructed by now, flopping about on the floor of a Psych Ward like a gasping flounder!

16 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 14th, 2013 - 04:21 pm Report abuse
lol Troy, sussie is having it's xth lobotomy. Even more funny is they actual believe about
So now that Argentine judiciary is on the fast track to direct control, how long will it be that what is left of the free press is gone, opposition with be imprisoned(pick an excuse), what's left of middleclass wealth will manage to be directed to the corrupt government of asslips. For the sake of the decent people left in Argentina, I hope Thursday protest is by far the largest.
John III, TTT, Toby, Afarensis WTF is seldon posting these days because of the floods due to the lack of adequate infrastructure.
17 briton (#) Apr 14th, 2013 - 06:43 pm Report abuse
Having a tracking device implanted into your brain is no joke!
not being argentine, we would not know that lol.
18 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 15th, 2013 - 12:41 am Report abuse
briton.....that was good!
19 yankeeboy (#) Apr 15th, 2013 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
The current rumor is Rgs believe the USA has satellites with lasers that can make an area of a country too dry or too wet (depending on the real weather I guess) to mess up their crops or make violent storms or when needed.
So many conspiracy theories alive and well with the undereducated masses of 3rd world countries.
Too bad they can't see the simple truth is that Marxism and rampant corruption is killing them not the USA. All we have to do is sit back and watch them destroy themselves. We have plenty of time.
20 Captain Poppy (#) Apr 15th, 2013 - 04:11 pm Report abuse
I never heard thtat one, but either not the RG's I know believe that. I guess we can combine them with the AMerican engineers that believe the Eagle landing took place in the Nevada desert and not the Tranquility Mare.
It's hard for the RG's to come out of their way of thinking when their own government works to subtely repress anbd sunordinate them. I am hoping Thursday's march is the strongest showing of anti government sediment yet. And as usual, of course asslips is going to Venezuela to congradulate maduro. Funny how she scheduled that trip Friday.
21 ChrisR (#) Apr 15th, 2013 - 04:23 pm Report abuse
20 Captain Poppy
“Funny how she scheduled that trip Friday.”

She didn't want to miss the coach because they can't find enough dollars to fuel Tango 01 and YPF are dry!


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