Lula left for China to relaunch relations with a clear objective: “We want more investments”

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After having postponed his trip to China at the end of March due to pneumonia, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva finally traveled to the Asian country on Tuesday for a state visit in which he seeks to relaunch bilateral relations and attract new investments through the signing of more than 20 agreements.

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“We want the Chinese to make investments to create new jobs and new productive resources in Brazil,” he said in an interview on Brazilian television and radio on Monday.

“You don’t go to China just to find out what the Chinese want to do here, we want to try and show the Chinese that we have things to sell“beyond goods, completed

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Lula headed to the Asian country together with a large following composed of ministers, businessmen, governors and deputies, who will accompany you on this strategic visit to the Brazilian government.

A meeting between Xi Jinping and Lula in 2009, when the current Chinese president was his country's vice president.  Photo: AFP

A meeting between Xi Jinping and Lula in 2009, when the current Chinese president was his country’s vice president. Photo: AFP

Qualified by the presidency as “one of the most important state visits at the beginning of his third mandate”, which began on 1 January, Lula’s goal is “to relaunch relations with what has been the country’s main trading partner since 2009”.

The state visit was initially scheduled for the end of March, but due to bacterial and viral bronchopneumonia forced the Brazilian ruler to postpone it until this April 11th.

Lula’s agenda in China

Lula, 77, a symbol of the Latin American left, he will have official engagements in Beijing and Shanghai.

The agenda will begin on Thursday in Shanghai, where he will be present at the inauguration ceremony of former Brazilian president and Lula ally, Dilma Rousseff, as new head of the BRICS development bank (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

The president of Brazil, Lula da Silva, travels to Brazil with the clear aim of attracting more investment.  Photo: AFP

The president of Brazil, Lula da Silva, travels to Brazil with the clear aim of attracting more investment. Photo: AFP

He will also meet businessmen that day and embark for Beijing at night.

meeting with Xi

In the Chinese capital he will meet the president of the National People’s Congress (the legislative branch, known as the PNA), Zhao Leji; Prime Minister Li Qiang and later will be received in an official ceremony by President Xi Jinping.

“Schedule will have an open meeting, an agreement signing ceremony and then a bilateral meeting behind closed doors. Then, there will be a gift-exchange ceremony, photo registration, and finally an official dinner,” the Brazilian government said.

The 20 bilateral agreements aim to strengthen ties in the area of ​​trade, phytosanitary protocols, technology, development, energy transition and other areas of collaboration under the bilateral strategic partnership.

In one of them, previously announced, it is expected the direct transaction between the real and the yuanexcluding the dollar as a reference for exchange in transactions.

another will be for the construction of CBERS-6the sixth in a series of satellites created in collaboration between the two countries and which allows more efficient monitoring of the Amazon and other Brazilian biomes.

Upon his return to Brazil, Lula will stop in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for an official visit where he is expected to meet Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates.

Source: ANSA and EFE

Source: Clarin

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