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China, Brazil push for closer ties
China and Brazil on Tuesday clinched a host of government agreements
and economic deals in Beijing to push for closer bilateral ties
as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff paid her first state visit
After two-hour-long talks in the Great Hall of People in Beijing,
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Rousseff witnessed the signing
ceremony of eight cooperative agreements in areas like defense,
technology and sports.
The two countries also announced that they have inked 13 economic
deals during Rousseff's visit, her first state visit to China
since she took office in January, which include a purchase order
for 35 Brazil's Embraer 190 commercial jets.
The two heads of state also signed a joint communique at the
signing ceremony, highlighting their "broad consensus" on
areas ranging from trade to global governance.
"The two sides should maintain trade ties in a healthy
and stable way and enhance cooperation on areas like trade, investment,
energy, mining, infrastructure and finance," Hu told Rousseff.
Hu also urged stronger high-tech cooperation between the two
countries, calling for cooperation on areas like clean technology,
biotechnology, nano technology, information technology and space
Besides, Hu called on the two countries to deepen strategic
trust by expanding exchanges and to conduct personnel and cultural
exchanges to facilitate friendship between the two peoples.
Rousseff hoped that "Brazil-China ties could see a qualitative
leap" by advancing bilateral strategic partnership and promoting
exchanges and cooperation in such areas as trade, investment,
finance, technology, agriculture, infrastructure, mining and
Closer trade and economic cooperation has been high on the agenda
during the China visit by Rousseff, accompanied by a 300-strong
While attending a seminar between entrepreneurs from China and
Brazil earlier Tuesday with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan,
Rousseff called for a "more vigorous, diversified and balanced" relationship.
"We should increase the percentage of high value-added
product in bilateral trade," said Rousseff.
The joint communique said China will encourage companies to
increase imports of high value-added products from Brazil. Brazil
reaffirmed it will rapidly deal with its commitment to recognize
China's market economy status according to terms of the two countries'
China was Brazil's biggest trade partner in 2009, with bilateral
trade exceeding 56 billion U.S. dollars in 2010. That year, China
also became Brazil's largest investor.
On broader China-Brazil ties, President Hu and Rousseff agreed
to further their strategic partnership, which was established
in 1993. Brazil was the first developing country to establish
strategic partnership with China.
"China-Brazil strategic partnership has become an example
for South-South cooperation," said Hu.
The two heads of state also agreed to strengthen coordination
and cooperation in international arena.
China and Brazil have extensive common interests on international
and regional issues and shoulder increasingly more common responsibility,
Hu said that China would enhance strategic coordination with
Brazil in international affairs and better deal with global challenges
like climate change and sustainable development in a bid to push
forward the world political and economic order in the direction
of benefiting the developing countries.
Rousseff said her country would like to see more coordination
with China on such issues as trade, finance and environmental
protection as well as within the framework of such multilateral
organizations like the United Nations and the G20.
Rousseff said the two countries should make joint efforts with
other developing countries to make contribution to promoting
multilateralism and sustainable development, safeguarding world
peace and establishing a just and equal world order.
Rousseff will also attend the third BRICS summit, grouping leaders
from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and the annual
meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia to be held in China's southern
island province of Hainan.
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