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Bolsonaro: Brazil trades with all the world and will stay out of the US/China dispute

Friday, November 15th 2019 - 09:48 UTC
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“I won't enter into this trade war,” Bolsonaro said. “We want the best for our people through this kind of relationship.” “I won't enter into this trade war,” Bolsonaro said. “We want the best for our people through this kind of relationship.”

Brazil will not get involved in a trade war, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday, after US-foes China and Russia criticized growing protectionism as the global economy slows. Bolsonaro, who has been walking a diplomatic tightrope at the BRICS summit in Brazil this week as he seeks to strengthen ties with China without upsetting key ally Donald Trump, said Brazil “trades with the entire world.”

“I won't enter into this trade war,” he told local media outside his residence in the Brazilian capital. “We want the best for our people through this kind of relationship.”

Bolsonaro's remarks come after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin used a business forum on the sidelines of the BRICS get-together to attack unfair trade practices, in remarks apparently directed at the United States.

Beijing is involved in a protracted trade war with Washington that has roiled the global economy.

“Mounting protectionism and bullyism have eroded international trade and investment and are weighing down the world economy,” Xi told business leaders on Wednesday.

Putin said “protectionism was thriving” amid the use of “unilateral sanctions.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are also attending the two-day BRICS meeting, which is focused on economic growth and innovation.

The meeting has given Bolsonaro the chance to deepen ties with Xi - a relationship that only months ago looked to be in jeopardy.

Signalling a pragmatic approach to Brazil's biggest trade partner, Bolsonaro said that China was becoming “more and more” part of the Latin American country's future.

“We are talking to China about the possibility of a free trade area,” Economy Minister Paulo Guedes told a forum on the sidelines of the summit, Brazil's state news agency reported.

“Our policy from the beginning was very clear, we are seeking higher grounds of integration.”

The BRICS summit is the first time Bolsonaro has hosted a major international gathering since he took office in January.

While the event itself has been free of incidents, Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot performed at a concert Wednesday night a few kilometers from where Putin and other leaders were staying.

“Out, Bolsonaro! Out, Putin!” the band shouted during the performance attended by several hundred music fans.

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  • Brasileiro

    Brazil's currency, among many others, has become Russia's reserve currency, as President Putin said. Russia no longer uses the dollar as a foreign exchange reserve.

    Nov 15th, 2019 - 10:37 am 0
  • Terence Hill

    ”It is important to remember that Lula represented a social democratic national development project, in the tradition of what Brazilians call desenvolvimentalismo, based on strategic control over natural resources and their use to fund public services like health and education, strong minimum wage policies and labor rights, increased access to free public universities, and strong investment in scientific research. This is the project that was dismantled after the 2016 coup, to the benefit of corporations like Monsanto, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Boeing. History shows that every Brazilian president who ever tried to implement desenvolvimentalista policies—from Getúlio Vargas, Juscelino Kubitschek and Jango Goulart to Rousseff and Lula—has been subjected to a coup, political imprisonment or assassination, with perennial suspicion of US involvement. And as we see corporate media working to normalize the military coup in Bolivia (, 11/11/19), it is clear that this problem is not limited to Brazil.”

    Nov 21st, 2019 - 01:32 am 0
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