On November 30, the G20 Summit kicks off in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It will be the first time the leaders of the 20 largest economies in the world will meet in South America. It is also the first major international event since Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil. Even though he has not been sworn in yet (and chose not to attend the event), it will be a sort of “debut” of his platform on the world stage.
Incumbent President Michel Temer invited Mr. Bolsonaro to join him on the trip, but the president-elect refused for medical reasons. He is still using a colostomy bag, a result of the stabbing that almost killed him during the electoral campaign.
It is expected that the trade war between the U.S. and China will be the main topic of the summit. “This issue is very important to Brazil,” according to Maurício Santoro, a political scientist at the Rio de Janeiro State University and a columnist for The Brazilian Report. China is Brazil’s largest trading partner, currently accounting for 28 percent of Brazilian exports. The U.S. is our second largest trading partner, with half of that percentage (14 percent).”