Chinese VP meets Brazilian president on deepening strategic partnership
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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Brasilia Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Brasilia Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
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    BRASILIA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met Thursday with Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on deepening strategic partnership.

    During his meeting with President Lula, Xi said China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Brazil in the fields of politics, economy, trade, technology and humanities.

    First, Xi said that China and Brazil need to strengthen political planning, so as to promote from a strategic height the development of bilateral ties as well as communication and cooperation in some areas.

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hand with Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, who is the special representative of Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar, during their meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hand with Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, who is the special representative of Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar, during their meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
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    Secondly, pragmatic cooperation in the fields of trade, commerce and technology should be strengthened and new cooperation modes be explored to elevate the level of the mutually beneficial cooperation, Xi said.

    In the field of humanities, such as culture, education, press, sports and tourism, Xi calls on the two sides to have diversified cooperation in order to consolidate the China-Brazil friendship.

    He said the two countries should enhance coordination and cooperation in multilateral fields, which will contribute to the improvement of South-South cooperation.

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (2nd L, back) and Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim (1st R, Back), who is the special representative of Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar, attend a ceremony during which documents on bilateral cooperation are signed, in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (2nd L, back) and Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim (1st R, Back), who is the special representative of Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar, attend a ceremony during which documents on bilateral cooperation are signed, in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
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    China highly values its strategic partnership with Brazil, and the main purpose of his visit is to deepen bilateral cooperation in all fields, he said.

    Far-ranging consensus was reached between leaders from both sides on enhancing bilateral exchanges and cooperation, which has become important guidelines of the all-round development of bilateral relations, he said.

    The further development of cooperation between China and Brazil, two important emerging economies, will go beyond the extent of bilateral ties, and be increasingly of global-wide and strategic significance, Xi said.

Brazilian Senate President Jose Sarney (L) meets with visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Brazilian Senate President Jose Sarney (L) meets with visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
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    At the time of the financial crisis, China would like to continue strengthening communication and coordination with Brazil, enhance their cooperation in confronting the crisis and propel the reform of the international financial system, and work together with Brazil in defending the interests of developing countries, Xi said.

    For his part, Lula said that Brazil is satisfied with the development of friendly ties with China and is willing to work along with China to deepen the strategic partnership, to which the Brazilian government attaches great importance.

    The ongoing international financial crisis also brings opportunity for the development of China-Brazil relations, said Lula.

    Both countries oppose trade protectionism, call for the restart of the Doha Rounds, and defend the interests of developing countries, Lula added.

    Xi arrived on Wednesday for an official visit to the South American country.

    Brazil is the fifth leg of Xi's six-nation tour, which has already taken him to Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia and Venezuela, and will conclude in Malta.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L, front) meets with Eduardo Braga (R, front), governor of Brazil's Amazonas state, in Manaus of Amazonas state, Brazil, Feb. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Chuanqi) 
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