In Letter to China, Itamaraty Says the Country's Reaction to Eduardo Was Offensive and Disrespectful

Ministry led by Ernesto Araújo responds to message from the Chinese diplomatic mission


Itamaraty rebuked the Chinese embassy for its criticisms against Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP) and said, in a letter, that the diplomatic mission's response to the congressman contains "offensive and disrespectful" content.

"It is not appropriate for the diplomatic agents of the People's Republic of China in Brazil to deal with the affairs of the Brazil-China relationship through social networks. Diplomatic channels are open and must be used," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a letter sent to representatives of the Chinese government in Brazil on Wednesday (25).

Minister Ernesto Araújo Foto: Edilson Rodrigues/Agência Senado - Edilson Rodrigues/Agência Senad

With the letter, the Foreign Ministry responded to the Chinese reaction to a publication by Eduardo - son of Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) and president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber - that associated the Beijing government with data espionage.

The deputy pointed out in his social media on Monday night (23) that Brazil endorsed the United States' initiative to maintain the security of 5G technology "without China's espionage."

The next day, the parliamentarian deleted the post. Even so, the Chinese embassy in Brazil responded and argued that Eduardo and other critics from the Asian country should abandon the rhetoric of the American extreme right, to avoid "negative consequences".

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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