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Brazil’s first Chinese international school signals soft power push from Beijing

Rio de Janeiro is now home to Brazil's first Chinese school. While the project originally sought to serve the local expat population, the majority of students are Brazilian

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Photo: ICS-RJ

China has been Brazil’s leading economic partner for the last decade and has clear plans to increase its footprint in the country and the surrounding region. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, China was one of the few countries to increase its demand for Brazilian products. And this relationship goes beyond trade, with the Asian giant seeking to increase its influence in other, more cultural fields. A prime example is the brand-new International Chinese School in Rio de Janeiro, the first of its kind in the country. 

The institution, which opened its doors in February, intends to “provide international standard...

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