Brazilian President Lula’s China trip sends hopes soaring on either side

  • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s visit forecast to take political and economic ties to a new high as Brazil seeks a reset after Bolsonaro years
  • China will be rolling out the red carpet as it needs Brazil’s Latin American heft to counter the US-led West, observers say

Expectations are running high on either side ahead of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s arrival in China, as Beijing pushes to expand its coalition of partners to counter the US and Brasilia hopes to reset ties strained under the previous far-right administration. Lula arrives in Shanghai on Wednesday before travelling to Beijing for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday. Observers expect his four-day trip to raise bilateral political and economic ties to a new high, and also test the two countries’ ability to tackle global challenges, such as the war in Ukraine.

Hailed by Beijing as an “old friend of the Chinese people”, Lula – who has been seeking closer ties with both China and the United States – could even help bridge differences between the rival powers, according to Chinese analysts.

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