Rousseff's visit marks new phase in Brazil-China relations: official

15:20, March 31, 2011      

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's upcoming visit to China will mark a new phase in relations between the two countries, a Brazilian official said in an interview Wednesday.

In the face of the changing economic global order after the financial crisis, relations between the two countries have been marked by "cooperation and competition," said Maria Edileuza Fontenele Reis, ambassador and deputy permanent secretary for Asia at the Foreign Ministry.

Rousseff, who took office on Jan. 1, will pay a state visit to China in April and hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

She will also attend the third summit of the emerging countries known as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the Boao Forum for Asia in China's southern Hainan province.

During the bilateral meeting, Rousseff will put forward her country's main demands in the economic and commercial fields.

"We seek to expand the share of manufactures in exports to China. We seek a better position to expand our investments in China, and our interest is that China diversifies its investments in Brazil, so as to avoid excessive polarization in mining and agriculture," the ambassador said.h She highlighted the "extremely fluid and open" dialogue with the Chinese government as part of the strategic alliance between the two countries, which dates back to 1993.

Brazil and China have reached consensus on many global issues such as the reform of international financial institutions and have enjoyed an "extremely productive" relationship within the BRICS framework, she said.

The two countries also share the commitment to let developing countries participate more in international organizations.

"We have a very important cooperation in the area of climate change, an issue in which a global, satisfactory solution cannot be imagined without the participation of Brazil and China," the ambassador said.

During Rousseff's visit, a seminar will be held with the participation of 300 Brazilian businessmen and their Chinese counterparts, to "promote a qualitative difference in our economic and trade relationship," she said.

"In the last decade, our (bilateral) trade grew exponentially from 2 billion dollars in 2000 to 56 billion dollars in 2010," the official said.

However, most Brazilian exports are primary products limited to mineral resources and soy. "So our interest is to diversify the pattern of trade, incorporating higher value-added products in the area of meat, sausages, for example, and high-technology products," she said.

Rousseff will also participate in the opening ceremony of a dialogue on science, technology and innovation, demonstrating the priority given by the Brazilian government to bilateral relations in that area, she said.

"The potential for expansion is enormous, and we already have a very successful past cooperation, specifically with the CBERS project (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite), a remarkable example of South-South cooperation," the ambassador said.

Moreover, the two countries' scientific and technological foundations complement each other, she said.

"For example, in the area of renewable energy, Brazil has great potential and very important experience, and renewable energies are a challenge for China, which needs to diversify its energy matrix. Brazil could help China in the effort to reduce the emission of greenhouse effect gases," she said.

There is also enormous potential for cooperation in the fields of green economics, nanotechnology, metrology and medicine, the ambassador added.

She said the talks at the third BRICS summit will focus on two points.

"The first one is cooperation, coordination in the political and economic global agenda. We will discuss and make an assessment of the global economic situation and also evaluate the next meeting of G-20, to be held (in November) in Cannes, France," she said.

The second point is further deepening cooperation among BRICS countries."We will discuss what we can do together to deepen that agenda in the areas of energy, trade, agriculture, food security," the official said.

At the Boao Forum, Rousseff will present Brazil's recent efforts to develop the country while reducing economic and social imbalances, she said, adding that it is impossible to achieve development without benefiting the lower classes or promoting an increase and redistribution of wealth.

Source: Xinhua
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