President Jair Bolsonaro kicked off his 2018 presidential campaign claiming China was “buying Brazil.” Now, over 100 days into office, the Brazilian president has sought to soften his tone. Adopting a more moderate approach to China, President Bolsonaro will visit Asia’s great power later this year. Ahead of his official trip, Vice President Hamilton Mourão was in China in late May with government and private-sector representatives and attending the China-Brazil High-Level Coordination and Cooperation Committee (COSBAN) meeting.
As Brazil’s number one trade partner, China is an important economic partner for the South American nation. Is this visit a new beginning for Brazil-China relations? And how might this trip impact the US-Brazil relationship?
The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center held a conference call on May 22 to discuss the future of Brazil-China relations and its impact on the future of Brazil’s relationship with the United States.
Speakers for the call included: Luiza Duarte, Asia Correspondent for GloboNews; Ricardo Sennes, Partner at Prospectiva Consulting and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council; and Larissa Wachholz, Partner at Vallya. Pepe Zhang, Associate Director at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council moderated the call.