The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, reaffirmed on Tuesday the “ties of friendship” between the two countries after the controversy involving one of the sons of the far-right, the Foreign Minister of his Government and the Chinese Embassy. following COVID-19.
Bolsonaro and Xi spoke on the phone today to exchange information and actions about the coronavirus, a disease that started in China and has already left at least 34 dead and nearly 1,900 infections in Brazil.
During the call, the leaders also discussed how to “expand” trade ties between the two countries, according to the Brazilian ruler on Twitter.
Along with his message, the captain of the Army reserve published a photo in which he appears with the Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina Correa; the Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, and the Chancellor, Ernesto Araújo, who last week fueled the controversy started by the deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, the president’s son.
The disagreement arose from a publication by Eduardo Bolsonaro, in which he insinuated that China hides information about the true origin of COVID-19 and referred to that country as “dictatorship”.
Chinese Ambassador to Brazil Yang Wanming also reacted via Twitter, saying the president’s son appeared to have contracted a “mental virus” and demanded a “retraction” and “apologies” that did not come.
In the discussion, and also via Twitter, Foreign Minister Araújo intervened, who affirmed that the Chinese ambassador’s reaction was “disproportionate” and “unacceptable”, and even considered that it was an “offense” for the Brazilian head of state himself.
At that time, Bolsonaro, who in recent months has strongly strengthened his relations with the United States, toned down the controversy started by his son and this Tuesday he bridged the president of China, the country’s main trading partner.
According to official data, trade between the two nations increased from $ 3.2 billion in 2001 to $ 98 billion in 2019.