Analysis: If Biden Wins U.S. Election, Brazil's Bolsonaro Loses Key Trade, Climate Ally

By Anthony Boadle and Lisandra Paraguassu

If Joe Biden becomes president and prioritizes the environment, a United States-Brazil free trade deal will not happen, said AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth to Reuters.

Victory by Democrat Joe Biden in next week’s U.S. presidential election could put the environment and human rights at the top of the country’s agenda with Brazil, complicating relations with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and jeopardizing trade, diplomats and analysts say…

The U.S. and Brazilian governments signed trade and investment agreements last week.

Biden is unlikely to undo those advances, but plans for a free trade deal heralded by Bolsonaro won’t happen if the Democrat becomes president and puts the environment at the forefront of his agenda, said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, dedicated to promoting business in the hemisphere.

Biden will try to maintain good relations with Brazil for the sake of U.S. interests in South America, Shifter added.

When it comes to opposing China’s growing influence in Latin America, there will be little change, because it is one issue in Washington today where there is bipartisan support, Farnsworth said…

With Biden in the White House, countries like Brazil that do business with Huawei will not be cut off, Farnsworth said…

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