China has been Brazil’s biggest trade partner since 2009. The Asian giant is the destination of 19 percent of all Brazilian exports, and in recent years a major investor in the country. In 2017, Chinese firms poured a record of USD 20.9 billion into Latin America’s biggest economy. However, China is largely absent from the debates surrounding the upcoming presidential election.
The leading candidates say very little about the superpower, and when they do – as in the case of Congressman Jair Bolsonaro – it is to express a Trump-esque nationalist rant against the Chinese. What is happening?
Brazilian exports per country of destination
Brazilians don’t really know much about China