Heine Comments on Lula’s Presidential Win & Brazil’s Relations with China

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Jorge Heine, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, discusses the election of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and what it means for Brazil’s relationship with China. 

The article, titled “Lula presidential win a boost for Brazil-China ties, BRICS, experts say,” notes that Lula’s first administration opened a dialogue with Beijing and in 2009 helped Brazil form BRICS – a group of leading emerging economies that comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. However, “China’s relationship with Brazil cooled when Bolsonaro took office in 2019 as tensions grew over China’s economic dominance and the origins of COVID-19.” Heine notes that Lula put Brazil’s relationship with China front and center in his previous term, and he will likely continue doing so in the future.

The full article can be read on the South China Morning Post’s website.

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007) and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more about Ambassador Heine on his faculty profile.