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President Lula visits China, strengthen bilateral ties

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva flew off to China on Tuesday to strengthen ties with his nation’s biggest trade partner and win support for his long shot push for peace in Ukraine.

Lula wants Brazil, China and other nations to help mediate the war as part of his nation’s return to the world stage, but his proposals to end the conflict have irked Ukraine and some in the West.

Less controversial is the Brazilian and Chinese mutual interest in trade after a rocky period under Lula’s predecessor.

China and Brazil are expected to sign at least 20 bilateral agreements during Lula’s two-day stay.

According to the Brazilian government. Lula plans to visit Shanghai and Beijing, and meet with his counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Friday.

The two leaders are expected to discuss trade, investment, reindustrialization, energy transition, climate change and peace agreements, the Brazilian government said.

China is Brazil’s biggest export market, each year buying tens of billions of dollars worth of soybeans, beef, iron ore, poultry, pulp, sugar cane, cotton and crude oil. Brazil is the biggest recipient of Chinese investment in Latin America, according to Chinese state media.

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and members of his family at times caused friction with Chinese authorities during his 2019-2022 term.

China is encouraging its companies to find new markets and foreign partners to reduce reliance on the U.S.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare