In Spite of Bolsonaro, China Quietly Deepens its Influence in Brazil

By Oliver Stuenkel

Xi Jinping's visit to Brasília caps a highly successful effort of damage control.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and his Chinese counterpart will meet face-to-face this week, and for the second time in less than two months, as BRICS leaders descend n Brasília for the group’s 11th summit. As host, Brazil is breaking yet another foreign relations tradition: Bolsonaro decided to cancel the so-called BRICS outreach, a parallel program where regional leaders are invited by the host country to engage with the BRICS presidents. Bolsonaro refused to organize such a gathering without Venezuela's Juan Guaidó, whom none of the other BRICS leaders recognize as president. The move was...

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