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Brazil is not a real middle power if it just takes China's side

Lula cannot show strategic autonomy by parroting Xi Jinping

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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tiananmen Square on April 14: The Brazilian president was clearly out to capture economic opportunities. (Ricardo Stuckert/Brazil Presidency/Handout via Reuters)

Alicia Garcia-Herrero is chief economist for Asia-Pacific at investment bank Natixis in Hong Kong and a senior research fellow at policy research think tank Bruegel in Brussels.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made quite a splash in Beijing last week, not so much because of the huge delegation that accompanied him and the dozen or so cooperation agreements he signed, but rather because of his daring side remarks.

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