BEIJING – Brazil’s Vice President Hamilton Mourão is due to meet President Xi Jinping during a visit to China to boost cooperation between the two nations, the Chinese government said on Wednesday.
Mourão will be received by Chinese vice president Wang Qishan and will also meet with the President of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Wang Yang during his trip from May 19-24, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.
During his visit, Mourão will co-chair the fifth coordination committee for cooperation between the two countries and will visit the Chinese metropolis Shanghai to participate in various business forums and cultural activities.
“Brazil and China are the largest developing countries in the American and Asian hemisphere and have a mature and solid relationship,” Geng said.
“In recent years, we have carried out successful partnerships in sectors such as trade, investment and finance, bringing benefits to both parties.”
He added that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Brazil, and that the Chinese hope to seize the opportunity to “strengthen mutual political trust,” and “deepen friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation” between the two countries.
The spokesman welcomed the possible Brazilian participation in China’s New Silk Road investment plan.
He added that “consultations have already been held” to discuss plans and “seek synergies” between them.
Relations between China and Brazil have gone through several ups and downs since the far-right Jair Bolsonaro took on the Brazilian presidency in January, especially after he described China as “a predator that wants to dominate strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy” during his election campaign.
But shortly after winning the elections, Bolsonaro said Brazil committed to maintaining ties with China, its main trading partner, regardless of their ideological differences, and in March announced that he intended to visit the Asian country during the second half of this year.
“We are going to improve the relationship, we want to approach the whole world, expand our business, open new frontiers,” he added.
China has been Brazil’s main trading partner in the world for the last five years and the destination of the majority of exports of Brazilian raw materials, while the Asian country maintains substantial investments in the South American country, especially in the field of energy.