Yang Wanming, the Chinese ambassador in Brazil, had a meeting with Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta this Tuesday. According to the embassy, the pair discussed cooperation efforts between Brazil and China to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a press conference later in the day, Mr. Mandetta confirmed that the government is in contact with the Chinese embassy to negotiate the purchase of health equipment.
Mr. Wanming has been the target of much ire on social media from supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro, after recent spats with Education Minister Abraham Weintraub and the president’s son, Eduardo Bolsonaro. During the week, the diplomat said China requested an official retraction from Mr. Weintraub, who had insulted the Chinese government with a racist post.