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Wang Yi Speaks with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo on the Phone
2020-09-19

On September 18, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo on the phone.

Wang Yi said, President Xi Jinping and President Jair Bolsonaro successfully exchanged visits last year, and had many phone conversations and sent letters to each other since the outbreak of the COVID-19, charting the course for the development of bilateral relations. In the next stage, the two sides should further implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, adapt to a new situation of long-term prevention and control of the epidemic on a regular basis, focus on the "post-epidemic era", firmly grasp the main tone of friendly cooperation between China and Brazil, and steadily push forward bilateral relations.

Wang Yi said, China and Brazil are both important emerging markets, and have no fundamental conflict of interests. For both sides, cooperation far outweighs competition and consensus far outweighs differences. As major countries, both China and Brazil pursue independence, adhere to the path of peaceful development, and respect each other's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, which lays the political foundation for bilateral relations. The Chinese side is willing to continue to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Brazilian side in international and regional affairs, safeguard the common interests of the two countries and the authority of international law, hold high the banner of multilateralism, promote the democratization of international relations, and promote the development of the international order in a more just and reasonable direction.

Wang Yi expressed, despite the severe impact of the pandemic, the practical cooperation between the two countries has bucked the trend and kept growing, which has fully demonstrated that China-Brazil relations enjoy a profound foundation, strong resilience as well as mutual benefit. It also shows that the two economies have distinct complementary advantages and huge potential for development. China will continue to open its market for Brazil's high-quality agricultural products and welcome Brazil's participation in the third China International Import Expo. The Chinese side is willing to expand investment cooperation with the Brazilian side in various fields including oil and gas, electricity, mining, and infrastructure construction, create a "new highland" of scientific and innovation cooperation and foster new cooperation platforms such as digital economy, clean energy, smart agriculture, telemedicine, smart cities, 5G communications, and big data, so as to promote the two countries' industrial upgrading and digital transformation. While doing a good job in pandemic prevention and control, China and Brazil should also establish a "fast lane" for personnel exchanges and green channels for goods circulation.

Ernesto Araujo thanked the Chinese side for providing materials for Brazil in the fight against the COVID-19, and said that the Brazilian side is willing to further strengthen cooperation with the Chinese side in vaccine research, development, and production. Ernesto Araujo said, as the two fastest-growing emerging economies in the world, China and Brazil have established mature, mutually beneficial and stable bilateral relations. The Brazilian side attaches great importance to its relations with China, and is ready to work with the Chinese side to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, give full play to the existing cooperation mechanisms, deepen practical cooperation in areas such as agriculture, trade and investment, environmental protection, clean energy, and digital economy, restart personnel exchanges in various fields at the earliest possible time and strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs, so as to push China-Brazil comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level.

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