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Brazil’s relationship with its number one trading partner, China, is being tested yet again; this time in the context of coronavirus. A series of diplomatic spats over the last month has strained bilateral ties, with questions mounting over the potential effect on the overall commercial relationship. These tensions come on the heels of Brazilian exports to China – bucking industry expectations – continuing to grow in the first quarter of 2020. 

How might the two countries deal with the bilateral impact of coronavirus, ranging from current tensions to future commercial and political ramifications? What could be the implications for the region and the United States?

Join the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center for a timely, live virtual conversation on the new state of Brazil-China relations under COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (EDT). This conversation will also mark the launch of our new China-Latin America Policy and Business Consultation Group, which will regularly tackle some of the most pressing issues around China’s relationship with countries across the region.


Julie J. Chung
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
US Department of State

Thiago de Aragão
Arko Advice

Amb. Marcos Caramuru de Paiva
Partner and Manager; KEMU Shanghai
Former Ambassador to China (2016-2018), Federative Republic of Brazil

José Roberto Martins
Trench Rossi Watanabe Advogados

Opening remarks

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council


Pepe Zhang
Associate Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council