Qiu Xiaoqi, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Latin American Affairs
Sharing Governance Experience, Jointly Writing a New Chapter of Friendly Cooperation
Respected President Du Zhanyuan,
Your Excellency Ambassador Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvão,
Your Excellency Mr. Aloysio Nunes,
Dear experts and media friends,
Good evening! It is my honor to be invited to the China-Brazil Forum for Exchange and Mutual Learning. First of all, I would like to thank CICG Center for Americas for providing such a wonderful platform for mutual exchange and learning.
I once worked in Brazil for three years. It is a land full of hope and vitality. On this beautiful and fertile land, the hardworking and intelligent Brazilian people have courageously carried out reform and actively explored a development path suiting the country’s realities. They have made remarkable achievements in safeguarding national sovereignty, revitalizing the national economy, improving people’s livelihoods and developing diplomatic relations with diverse partners, therefore playing an increasingly important role in the international arena.
China and Brazil are both important emerging markets with broad development prospects, and despite being more than 10,000 kilometers apart, the Chinese and Brazilian people are good friends and close partners. More than 200 years ago, Chinese tea farmers arrived in Rio De Janeiro and planted tea trees they had brought from the East, sowing the seeds of the China-Brazil friendship.
In the 48 years following the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, bilateral relations have enjoyed sound and steady growth, with mutual political trust continuing to deepen and cooperation in various fields expanding. China has been Brazil’s largest trading partner for 13 consecutive years. Bilateral trade has continued its growth despite the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching $164.06 billion last year, up 36.2 percent year on year; and $115.409 billion in the first nine months of this year, a record high. Brazil is also an important investment destination for China in Latin America. At present, more than 300 Chinese enterprises have investment in Brazil, in such fields as infrastructure, electricity, oil and gas, agriculture, and manufacturing. Several major projects such as the Belo Monte ultra-high-voltage direct current transmission project have yielded good economic and social benefits, becoming models for international production capacity cooperation.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, the Chinese and Brazilian people have stood together through thick and thin. China has provided Brazil with a large number of vaccines and shared its anti-pandemic experiences. Almost all residents of the town of Serrana in southeast Brazil have received Chinese vaccines, making it a shining example of China-Brazil anti-pandemic cooperation and the profound friendship between the two countries.
This year, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping and President Jair Bolsonaro, the two countries have engaged in frequent high-level exchanges. China has successfully hosted the 14th BRICS Leaders’ Meeting, opening a new chapter in BRICS cooperation, together with Brazil and other member countries. The Sixth Meeting of the China-Brazil High-Level Coordination and Cooperation Committee successfully took place, drafting a blueprint for future cooperation. Solid momentum in bilateral cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure and aerospace has continued.
Brazil sent the largest winter Olympic delegation in its history to the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, and China agreed with the establishment of a Brazilian consulate general in Chengdu. The country also hosted several Brazilian film exhibitions and even a full-fledged Coffee Month. The two countries have conducted athletic and other people-to-people exchanges both online and onsite, their friendship becoming increasingly rooted in people’s hearts.
This October was of great significance to the peoples of both countries. Brazil saw a presidential election and China successfully convened the 20th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress in Beijing. In a milestone event, the national congress elected a new CPC central leadership with Xi Jinping at its core, expounded on the characteristics and essential requirements of Chinese-style modernization, spelled out the central tasks of the CPC in the new era, and made strategic arrangements for the development of China’s various undertakings in the future.
In the next stage, China will put high-quality development at the top of its agenda; implement the concept of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development; effectively improve economic quality and appropriately expand economic output. It will follow the people-centered principle, improve the income-distribution system, and strive to promote common prosperity. It will open up wider to the world and promote the building of an open world economy. The national development blueprint mapped out at the 20th CPC National Congress will not only steer China into a new stage of development but also inject greater vitality into the development of countries around the world, including Brazil.
In today's world, the international balance of power and the global pattern are both undergoing profound changes. The trend of world multi-polarization, economic globalization and democratization of international relations is unstoppable. At the same time, unilateralism, protectionism and hegemonism are still rampant, and the world has entered a new period of turbulence and change.
The report to the 20th CPC National Congress summarized China’s foreign policy. It noted, “China has always been committed to its foreign policy goals of upholding world peace and promoting common development, and is dedicated to promoting a human community with a shared future.”
It pointed out that “China plays an active part in the reform and development of the global governance system. It pursues a vision of global governance featuring shared growth through discussion and collaboration. China upholds true multilateralism, promotes greater democracy in international relations, and works to make global governance fairer and more equitable.”
The report called on all countries “to hold dear humanity’s shared values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy, and freedom; to promote mutual understanding and forge closer bonds with other peoples.” These are China’s key insights for promoting the world’s peaceful and stable development.
China and Brazil are major countries and important emerging economies with global influence. Although our two countries’ histories, cultures and national conditions differ, peoples’ hearts are connected. In a world fraught with uncertainty and instability, China and Brazil need to work together to promote development and advance cooperation. China has always regarded Brazil as an important comprehensive strategic partner and would like to share governance experience with Brazil, strengthen cooperation in various fields such as alleviating poverty, promoting harmony between man and nature, improving global governance, safeguarding international fairness and justice, and addressing global challenges. China would like to work together with Brazil to safeguard genuine multilateralism and build a community with a shared future for humanity.
I hope that through this forum, participants can enhance mutual understanding through candid exchanges. I hope all Brazilian experts and media friends can gain a more objective, comprehensive and in-depth understanding of China’s development in the new era and enhance friendship between the two societies through this exchange event. Last but not least, I wish this forum all the best!