The government of China expects stability in Brazil from the Jair Bolsonaro government, noting that it has more than US$ 80 billion invested in the country.
“As friends of Brazil, we hope that the country will maintain stability and continuous development,” said Qu Yuhui, minister-counselor and spokesman for the Asian country’s embassy in Brasília.
He answered a question asked by sheet about last week’s great instability, after the president made coup speeches to crowds of supporters at the September 7 acts — two days later, Bolsonaro would rehearse a tactical retreat.
Predictably, Qu said that “it is not up to us to comment on Brazil’s internal affairs.” He continued, however: “It is worth noting that China is one of the main investors in Brazil, with a rapidly rising investment volume” of US$ 80 billion and “40,000 direct jobs”.
The Bolsonaro government has a cyclothymic relationship with its biggest trading partner. Ideologically, the Pocket Natist base adopts an anti-communist discourse, and there is a collection of episodes in which the president, ministers or one of their sons sought to criticize the Beijing dictatorship.
Almost always, as is standard for the group, attacks were followed by retreats and attempted apologies.
Last Thursday (9), Bolsonaro, for example, adopted a cordial and cooperative tone during the videoconference with other leaders of the Brics, a group whose English acronym includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“This partnership has proven to be essential for the proper management of the pandemic in Brazil, given that a significant portion of the vaccines offered to the Brazilian population is produced with inputs originating in China,” said the Brazilian.
A sheet he asked Qu if such moderation could be believed.
“The statement about Sino-Brazilian relations made by President Bolsonaro was an objective assessment of the friendly relations between our two countries and the high-level bilateral partnership in the context of the pandemic,” he said.
“At this Brics summit, President Xi Jinping presented five initiatives to promote the high-quality growth of pragmatic cooperation within the bloc. We hope to work with the Brazilian side to implement the important consensuses reached,” he said.
Qu was much more incisive when commenting on a classic example of the Pocketnist attitude towards China, indirectly, occurred the week before last.
One of the sons of former US president Donald Trump accused Beijing of seeking to influence the outcome of the 2022 Brazilian presidential election, to install a “socialist government they can manipulate” — the euphemism for PT, in this case.
Donald Trump Jr. spoke virtually at a CPAC (Conference on Conservative Political Action) event, organized by Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP), the closest presidential son of the trumpists.
“These are absurd fantasies, totally detached from reality, to which we vehemently object,” replied Qu.
“We urge US personalities to cease their political maneuvers to distort facts and fabricate lies against China,” he added.
He did not comment on the closeness between Trump Jr. and his presidential son.
Cold War 2.0 has been a reality between the US and China since Trump Sr. inaugurated it in 2017. One of its sticking points is 5G data technology — the US has managed to prevent allies from buying equipment from China’s Huawei, the main supplier of the sector in the world.
Here in Brazil, the auction of technology bands is marked by several shuttles, but for now Huawei is only prohibited from associating with operators in the so-called private government network, which carries data sensitive to national security. The process is stuck.
For Qu, the Brazilian notice “offers relatively fair conditions of competition”. “We hope that the Brazilian government will continue to provide Chinese companies, including Huawei, with an impartial, open, transparent and discrimination-free business environment,” he said.
He submitted a comment on his own initiative on the question of the origin of the new coronavirus, which a US government intelligence report says may have been the result of a laboratory accident or human exposure to an infected animal.
In May, Bolsonaro even named, without directly naming, China as interested in a “biological war” with the Covid-19 virus. Qu commented on the American suggestions made at the same CPAC.
“This is a frivolous and bad-faith accusation,” he said, in turn also resorting to conspiracy theories that had gained ground in China in the days before the report was released in August.
“The US is, in fact, the country that has spread the virus the most in the world and which is more suspicious in tracking the origin of the virus. Scientific evidence indicates that infections by the new coronavirus in several North American cities happened long before the first cases registered in the country,” he said.
He even cited the insinuation with an air of fake news, broadcast by Chinese diplomats and journalists, that “there are many doubts around the laboratory at Fort Detrick [centro de estudos de doenças infecciosas] and over 200 overseas bases for biological experiments”.