Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro toned down this Friday a controversy on social networks in which one of his sons, the Chancellor of his Government, Ernesto Araújo, and the Chinese Embassy in the country after the COVID-19.
“We keep in touch with China. There is no problem with China,” the president said at the gates of his official residence regarding a discussion held by his son and deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro and the Chinese ambassador to Brazil, Yang Wanming, to through the social network Twitter.
The controversy 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”.
The Chinese diplomat also reacted via Twitter, said that the president’s son appeared to have contracted a “mental virus” and demanded a “retraction” and “apologies” that did not come.
Instead, 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 .
“I have already communicated to the Chinese ambassador the dissatisfaction of the Brazilian government with his behavior. We expect a retraction for his offensive publications to the head of state,” said Araújo, after the Chinese ambassador shared a publication in which it was said that the family Bolsonaro “is a poison for Brazil”.
Both the ambassador and Eduardo Bolsonaro later deleted these publications, in what seemed to be a first attempt to forget the matter.
Faced with this situation, President Bolsonaro stressed on Friday that these controversies are already “a past page” and insisted that “there are no problems in relations with China.”
The Asian country has been Brazil’s main trading partner since 2009 and one of the main sources of foreign investment in the Brazilian economy.
According to official data, trade between the two nations increased from $ 3.2 billion in 2001 to $ 98 billion in 2019.