Lula Finally Visits China

Attracting investment from Beijing in infrastructure depends on Brazil joining the billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative


President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) arrives in China this Wednesday (12) with commercial and financial negotiations still underway with the country of Xi Jinping – they are to meet on Friday, in Beijing.

Earlier, on Thursday, the PT member will attend the inauguration of former president Dilma Rousseff at the BRICS Development Bank, in Shanghai. Lula wants investment in new productive assets and infrastructure, including railroads and hydroelectric plants, while his Chinese counterpart demands Brazil's formal entry into the Belt and Road Initiative, which completes ten years in September.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 3, 2023, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is presented with the credentials of China's ambassador to Brazi,l Zhu Qingqiao, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. (Photo by Sergio Lima / AFP) - AFP

Members of the Brazilian entourage have signaled in two directions, that the Brazilian president can either sign a memorandum to actively join the Chinese program, which already covers 21 Latin American countries, or it can be limited to symbolic support, without formal adherence.

Translated by Cassy Dias

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