China keen to raise industrial, ags goods imports from Brazil

Reuters . Beijing | Published: 00:00, Oct 26,2019


Chinese president Xi Jinping and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 25, 2019. — Reuters photo

China was willing to increase its imports of agricultural and industrial goods from Brazil in order to enhance bilateral trade, Chinese vice-premier Hu Chunhua said on Friday.

Hu, at a seminar in Beijing, also said that the two countries could deepen cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, according to a pool report.

China is Brazil’s biggest trading partner and largest source of foreign investment. Last year, bilateral trade rose to a record $100 billion.

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who was also at the seminar, is in China to mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the countries.

Brazil and China are part of BRICS, a grouping of major emerging economies that also includes Russia, India and South Africa. China has said that BRICS countries must strengthen their unity, increase cooperation and uphold multilateralism.

‘The world is facing serious challenges from unilateralism and protectionism, putting pressure on major economies as uncertainty and instability are on the rise,’ Hu said.

‘China and Brazil, as two major economies, should increase communication and cooperation to face these challenges and realise shared development.’

Brazil is hopeful China will authorise more local meat exporters before Chinese president Xi Jinping visits Brazil next month, as the South American country seeks to position itself as a major food exporter to the world’s most populous nation.

Discussions between a Brazilian delegation to China and local authorities this week also covered demand for Brazilian commodities like sugar, cotton and ethanol.

The two nations are still discussing ‘a protocol’ for exporting Brazilian soya and cotton meal.

Brazil is China’s main soya bean supplier but has struggled to increase trade in soya meal with the Asian country.

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