The International Conference “50 years of Brazil-China relationship: cooperation for a sustainable world” opened last week at the headquarters of the National Confederation of Agriculture (CNA) in Brasília with the participation of authorities and experts from both countries.

The initiative aims to encourage debate about what is expected for the future of ties between the two countries and possible ways of cooperation towards a sustainable world. The event is organized by the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), in partnership with the National Top Think Tank and the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the main academic organization and research center specializing in philosophy and social sciences in China.

The opening table was headed by the Brazilian vice-president and minister of Development, Industry and Commerce, Geraldo Alckmin; by the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brazil, Zhu Qingqiao; and by the secretary for Asia and the Pacific of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, Eduardo Paes Saboia.

In his speech, Geraldo Alckmin celebrated the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries and the Chinese contribution to the recovery phase that the Brazilian economy is going through. “The Brazil-China relationship is a case of success, partnership, trade and investment. Brazil is going through a good moment and China has an extremely relevant role in this,” he stated.

Alckmin, who heads the Brazilian part of the Sino-Brazilian High-Level Commission for Concertation and Cooperation (COSBAN), highlighted the “impressive” number of businesspeople interested in participating in the body’s next meeting, scheduled for June 5th and 6th in Beijing.

Zhu Qingqiao highlighted that the relationship between China and Brazil has resulted in remarkable joint progress, with broad convergences and a common future with even more favorable perspectives. “The relationship has borne fruit in all areas, being an example of joint progress between large developing nations. This partnership transcends bilateralism and exerts an increasingly greater strategic and global influence,” he said.

According to the Chinese ambassador, President Lula’s visit to China last year gave new impetus to the bilateral relationship, and highlighted the importance of cooperation in a world that is going through a profound readjustment in the balance of forces. “China promotes a new concept of development through new quality productive forces. China has developed a people-centered approach to common prosperity, successfully carrying out the greatest battle against poverty in history,” he emphasized.


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