Trump, Bolsonaro Discuss China’s Threat to the Americas in G20 Meeting by Frances Martel for Breitbart
American President Donald Trump met his Brazilian counterpart, conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, on Friday at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, where Bolsonaro promised to show the world that, following his election, “politics in Brazil has indeed changed.”
The White House reportedly said in a statement that among the issues the two discussed was the threat China poses to the region. Bolsonaro also had his first meeting with Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping that day, as part of a larger informal summit among the five leaders of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).
As a presidential candidate, Bolsonaro expressed concerns that “China isn’t buying in Brazil, it is buying Brazil” and promised to “not hand our territory over to anybody.” Xi enjoyed warm relations with the leftist administrations that preceded Bolsonaro, particularly the now-imprisoned socialist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Since becoming president, however, Bolsonaro has maintained close relations with China and described the prospects for joint projects “better and better” between the two countries.
In December, Xi’s state-run media published an article declaring that, while “it may sound racist,” Brazil is culturally inferior to Han-dominated China. The Brazilian government did not respond to the bigoted statement.
Meeting jointly with the press, Trump praised Bolsonaro as “a special man” who was “very much loved by the people of Brazil,” echoing President Barack Obama’s praise for the corrupt Lula, who he once called “the most popular politician on Earth.”
“We’re with a gentleman who had one of the greatest election wins anywhere in the world, as far as I’m concerned, and he was very proud of his relationship with President Trump — President of Brazil,” Trump told reporters. “I think we can say that Brazil and the United States are as close or closer as they’ve ever been.”