Look south and you will see Brazil and China coming together. It’s more like giving the U.S. the finger. China is preaching that they are the future and the U.S. is the past. Well, President Xi has a convert, and they call him Lula or President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil.
This is the story with lots of samba for background music:
The mid-April visit to China of newly inaugurated Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) is an apparent triumph for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in its effort to broaden its influence in Latin America. The visit also seems to have served Lula’s legacy dream of being perceived as a moral beacon and advocate for the impoverished “Global South.”
Lula, now 76, is serving his third term as Brazil’s president, after barely defeating the pro-US and conservative nationalist former President Jair Bolsonaro. Lula has long been an advocate of a socialist model of economic development. He once expressed his respect for the CCP, on an earlier visit to China, “for having created this grand miracle.”