Bolsonaro Engages in a Series of Unstrategic Diplomatic Blunders re China, Egypt – But Status Quo Remains
President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said in an interview with Bandeirantes Network on Monday that neither China nor any other country could buy Brazil. According to him, relations with Beijing will maintain normalcy in his government.
After receiving the ambassador of China in Brazil, Li Jinzhang, Bolsonaro said that “all countries can buy in Brazil, but not buy Brazil.”
“It’s in the face of China wanting to increase business with Brazil,” he said. “We will not have any problems with China.
Recebendo visita do Embaixador da Itália, Antonio Bernardini e da China, o Embaixador Li Jinzhang. Muito grato pela consideração! pic.twitter.com/ids0GjflVk
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) November 5, 2018
Elected with 55% of the valid votes to rule Brazil from 2019, PSL’s Jair Bolsonaro made harsh comments about relations between Brasília and Beijing throughout his campaign period, raising concerns for businessmen, experts and authorities of the two countries.
In an editorial published in the China Daily , China’s main state newspaper, the Chinese even warned of the losses that Brazil might face if it adopted aggressive rhetoric toward Beijing in the next government.
Egypt canceled the official visit of Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira to Cairo after a statement by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro that he intends to transfer the Brazilian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Veja reported.
Cairo’s decision, officially, has claimed scheduling issues. However, sources say the cancellation was a response to the recent statements of the president-elect of Brazil, referring to the transfer of the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem.
The Bolsonaro statement had an extremely negative impact on the Arab countries, which are an important market for Brazilian products and also partners in various multilateral agendas.
Aloysio Nunes Ferreira is in Shanghai, China, where he participates in the China International Import Trade Fair (CIIE). The trip to Egypt was scheduled for November 8. He would meet with the country’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
According to the magazine, a delegation of Brazilian businessmen waited for the minister in Cairo, accompanied by representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Export Promotion Agency (Apex).
Egypt is one of Brazil’s main trading partners in the Middle East, with a trade balance of almost US $2 billion and a trade balance of US $1.33 billion.