Xi stresses ties with Brazil are priority

By Mo Jingxi in Beijing and Xu Weiwei in Hong Kong | China Daily | Updated: 2023-04-15 01:59
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President Xi Jinping hosts a welcoming ceremony for visiting Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. [FENG YONGBIN/CHINA DAILY]

President Xi Jinping on Friday stressed the increasingly prominent influence of China-Brazil relations, saying that Beijing sees this relationship as a diplomatic priority and will work with Brasilia to bring more benefits to both peoples and contribute to regional and global peace, stability and development.

He made the remarks when meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the second leg of Lula's four-day state visit to China. The Brazilian president also visited Shanghai, where he met with representatives from Chinese enterprises.

China and Brazil are the two biggest developing countries and emerging markets in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and the two countries share extensive common interests as comprehensive strategic partners, Xi said.

According to Xi, China always views and develops relations with Brazil from a strategic and long-term perspective. As China pursues high-quality development and high-level opening-up on the new journey of Chinese modernization, it is believed that this will offer more opportunities for Brazil and the rest of the world, he said.

Xi called on the two sides to maintain frequent strategic communication, deepen practical cooperation and carry out more people-to-people exchanges and cooperation.

He said it is necessary for China and Brazil to consider each other as their respective important development opportunity, to support each other in taking their respective development path that meets domestic conditions and to jointly support developing countries in strengthening solidarity and coordination.

Xi noted that China firmly supports Latin American and Caribbean countries solidifying the good momentum of peace, stability, independence and solidarity, and supports the region in pushing for integration and playing a bigger role in international affairs.

President Xi Jinping holds talks with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Beijing on Friday, April 14, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]

Faced with changes unseen in a century, China and Brazil must stand on the correct side of history, practice true multilateralism and promote a more equitable and fair system of global governance in order to jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind, he said.

China is ready to strengthen strategic coordination with Brazil on global issues of common concern within multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations, BRICS and the G20 and jointly tackle climate change, Xi said.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Brazil. Xi urged the two nations to tap the potential of cooperation in areas such as agriculture, energy, infrastructure and aerospace, and explore cooperation in the green economy, the digital economy and clean energy while making steady efforts to push forward existing major cooperation projects.

China welcomes more quality Brazilian products to enter the Chinese market and is willing to actively discuss the alignment between the Belt and Road Initiative and Brazil's reindustrialization strategy, he added.

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