• Time: 12:00-13:00
  • Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
  • Venue: HS436


Brazil-China relations have entered a new phase in which the mutual distrust generated after the election of Jair Bolsonaro in late 2018 has given way to a more pragmatic agenda focused on trade and investments. The visits of Jair Bolsonaro to China in October 2019 and Xi Jinping to Brazil the following month further confirmed this trend. As the most pro-American president in modern Brazilian history, however, Bolsonaro has put establishing a strong alliance with the US at the center of his foreign policy. To what extent will Bolsonaro's policy towards China represents a rupture or a continuation of the historical pattern in Brazil-China bilateral relations?


Prof Karin Costa Vazquez is Fudan Scholar at Fudan University (China) and Assistant Dean for Global Engagement at O.P. Jindal Global University School of International Affairs (India). She is also Executive Director of the first center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies in an Indian Private University. Her research lies at the intersection of South-South cooperation, sustainable development, and development financing, with emphasis on the BRICS countries and the New Development Bank. She has held advisory positions in multilateral development banks (World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank), UN agencies (UNDP, UNFCCC), and the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.