Brazilian officials anticipate another 'Golden 50 Years' with China

2024-06-13 Editor : Mo Honge ECNS App Download

By Lin Chunyin

(CNS) -- Several Brazilian officials who accompanied Vice President Geraldo Alckmin on his recent visit to China expressed their hopes for another "Golden 50 Years" in Brazil-China relations. 

During a written interview with China News Service, they said they anticipated closer comprehensive strategic partnerships and more opportunities for exchange and cooperation between the two countries.

From June 4 to 8, Alckmin led a delegation of several ministers and entrepreneurs to China to further deepen cooperation in various fields. During the visit, Alckmin met with Chinese leaders, attended the seventh meeting of the Brazil-China High-Level Coordination and Cooperation Committee, and participated in a series of trade and economic activities.

Fransisco Denes Pereira, special advisor on International Affairs for the Secretariat of Institutional Relations of the Presidency, visited China for the first time.

"It was a unique experience," Pereira said. He visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven with the delegation. Particularly memorable for him was listening to the history of China at the Great Wall. "It is the most visited and renowned place in the world," he remarked. "China has a long history with a profound impact on the world. Brazilians need to better understand and respect China's historical culture."

Pereira noted that China has been Brazil's most important trade partner for 15 consecutive years, with significant achievements in economic and trade cooperation. However, there is still room for deeper and more multidimensional exchanges in culture, education, and tourism. "We need to understand and respect more of each other's culture and society, alongside our trade interactions," he said.

Pereira highlighted that this year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Brazil and China. The G20 Leaders' Summit in Rio de Janeiro this November will undoubtedly strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, bringing more opportunities for Brazil-China exchanges and cooperation.

Fabio Manzini Camargo, representative of the Secretariat of Institutional Relations of the Presidency in São Paulo, was most impressed by attending the seventh meeting of the Brazil-China High-Level Coordination and Cooperation Committee during his visit to China. He was particularly interested in exploring ways to expand the Brazil-China partnership.

São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and South America, has attracted a large number of Chinese enterprises to establish and develop their businesses.

"Looking ahead to the next 50 years, there is a vast potential for growth in Brazil-China bilateral investment," Camargo said.

Recently, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched the country’s new "Accelerated Growth Program" and other structural projects, aiming to achieve significant accomplishments in energy, healthcare, culture, sports, education, and large-scale engineering across the country.

"Undoubtedly, this provides extensive cooperation opportunities for Chinese investment and products to help successfully implement these plans," Camargo stated.

He emphasized that it is "very important" for Chinese companies seeking overseas development to align with Brazil's "re-industrialization" and "South American integration" development strategies. He is confident that "when the two countries deepen commercial cooperation, 'technology' will inevitably take the lead."

"I have always admired China's development achievements, and we look forward to another 'Golden 50 Years' between Brazil and China," Camargo said candidly. He noted that the experience of lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in China in recent years is highly relevant and inspirational for Brazil. He looks forward to the next "50 years" bringing prosperity, promoting bilateral investment development, fostering more high-level scientific research cooperation, and increasing cultural and tourism exchanges between the two nations.


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