On October 24, 2019, Brazilian President Bolsonaro made his first official visit to China since the start of his presidency. During his speech at the Brazil-Chinese Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum, Bolsonaro claimed that China and Brazil "were born to walk together," stating that the two governments are "completely aligned in a way that reaches beyond our commercial and business relationship" (Bloomberg, 2019). Considering Bolsonaro’s past as a right-wing politician who openly identifies himself with U.S. President Donald Trump, his transformation from radical basher of the Chinese economic presence in Brazil to an advocate of the Sino-Brazilian economic relationship is significant. Not only does it demonstrate Bolsonaro’s pragmatism, but it also represents the deep economic tie between China and Brazil, who are incidentally two of the largest economies in the world.
"Utilizing Economic Ties with China: Brazilian Economic Development Policy in the Age of Bolsonaro,"
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