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A Brazilian lawyer's half-century old China complex

(Xinhua)    13:42, March 10, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 9 -- "Every trip to China is a pleasant experience. The rapid development of China surprises me a lot. As a witness, I would like to share China's miracle with other people," 81-year-old Brazilian lawyer Danillo Santos expressed his China complex with a kind of irrepressible excitement.

Santos' China complex dates back to 1964. In that April, just a few days after the coup which toppled former President Joao Goulart and installed a military regime in Brazil, nine Chinese citizens legally residing in the country were arrested, accused of being foreign spies.

The nine men were held incommunicado for 39 days until a local lawyer, Heraclito Fontoura Sobral Pinto, decided to take up their case pro bono.

Santos, who was 30 years old at that time, also participated in the case directly, as he was appointed by the Chinese government to be the assistant of Pinto as well as an important witness.

With the help of Pinto and Santos, all the nine men were released after several months of imprisonment and were repatriated back to China, where they were welcomed like heroes.

Though this case has been already forgotten in Brazil, what Pinto and Santos did is still appreciated in China.

After that, Santos's link with China has become closer and closer. Eventually he became a promoter of the bilateral ties between Brazil and China as well as a witness of the dramatic changes China has undergone through in all these years.

In 1966, Santos was invited to China and met with the nine Chinese he had helped. It was his first visit to China.

"You know, I met Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai in China. General Chen Yi also had a four-hour talk with us!" he said.

"But what touched me most was that Chinese people led a self-improvement life even though they were not so rich at that time," Santos added.

From then on, Santos traveled to China frequently. He has become an active advocator of bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, as well as a devoted promotor of the Brazil-China friendly exchanges.


(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Yao Xinyu,Yao Chun)

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