Opinion

Why Brazil should pay attention to the next Chinese Communist Party congress

The congress will decide which broad political strategies China — Brazil's leading trading partner — will pursue for the next five years

The Chinese Communist Party congress approaches. Photo: Iamlukyeee/Shutterstock
The Chinese Communist Party congress approaches. Photo: Iamlukyeee/Shutterstock

October is going to be a particularly sensitive month for relations between Brazil and China. First, on October 2, Brazilian voters will head to the polls in a highly polarized presidential election. Then, later in the month, Beijing will host the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

Since 2019, bilateral relations between Brazil and China have been in an odd place. 

On the one hand, investments and trade have soared. For instance, a recent report by the China-Brazil Business Council found that 2021 saw a massive comeback from Chinese investments in Brazil. And yet, Brasília and...

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