Chinese President, Xi Jinpingand the Foreign Ministry of the Asian country today congratulated Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for his victory in the presidential elections in Brazil, and expressed their willingness to work with that country to take bilateral relations to “a new level.”
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Xiwho claimed to “give great importance to relations with Brazil”, said in a phone call with the winner of the elections that the South American country and China “share extensive common interests and responsibilities” and “maintain a long-term friendship”.
Likewise, the Chinese leader highlighted the “joint efforts of the successive governments of the two countries”, which have given “fruitful results in their cooperation in various fields”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in a statement.
For his part, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian wished Brazil “to achieve new achievements in its task of continuing to build the country” at a press conference.
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Lula He prevailed in the elections on Sunday by just over two million votes over the far-right ruler Jair Bolsonaro.
“We are willing to work with the new Brazilian government led by Lula da Silva to take relations to a new level for the greater benefit of the two countries and the two peoples,” added the Chinese spokesman according to the local press.
Ties between the two countries cooled during the presidency of Bolsonarowho during the previous Brazilian presidential campaign launched harsh criticism against the Asian giant, of which he even said that “it was buying Brazil”.
Bolsonarowhich during his mandate strongly strengthened its relations with the United States, visited China in October 2019 with the aim of signing a dozen agreements in the sectors of trade, agriculture, energy, science, technology and education.
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For its part, Lulapresident between 2003 and 2010, starred in the first meeting of the BRICS group (then made up of BrazilRussia, India and China) in 2009, before South Africa joined in 2010.
Since 2009, China is the main trading partner of Brazil with bilateral trade that went from 9,000 million dollars in 2004 to 135,000 million dollars in 2021.
Between 2007 and 2020, the South American giant received accumulated investments of 66,000 million dollars from the Asian giant.
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