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Does China Belong in BRICS?

As Xi Jinping arrives in South Africa for a summit meeting of the BRICS nations—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—Graham Allison suggests that grouping China together with the “RIBS” is misleading. From...

What if Xi Gave an Interview and No One Cared?

When newly crowned president Xi Jinping gave an interview to reporters from the five BRICS nations on Tuesday, some felt that the lonely highlight was his speculation about a possible heir to Paul the prophetic octopus at next...

Ma Jun: “A Huge Step Forward” in Rio?

The final document that emerged from the Rio+20 Earth Summit prompted vocal disappointment from many quarters, with Jonathan Watts going as far as to compare the conference with a 1930s League of Nations assembly. From Watts and...

World Says China Will Overtake America

A new Pew Global Attitudes survey suggests that the perception of China overtaking the US continues to spread. But, as the Pew Research Center’s president notes at the Wall Street Journal, few see this as cause for...

Trade Ties That Cut Out the West

Reuters reports on the annual meeting of the BRICS, which will be held on Hainan Island this week: If trade is the mortar holding together the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and the newcomer, South Africa — the omens would...

Obama Heads to South America to Head Off China

Business Week reports that President Obama’s upcoming trip to South America is really all about China: The $300 billion in annual trade with Latin America supports 900,000-plus U.S. jobs, with more than a quarter of those...

Brazil and China: A Young Marriage on the Rocks

Brazil’s new president, Dilma Rousseff, is taking her country’s relationship with China in a new direction, Reuters reports: Only a few months ago, Brazil and China seemed destined to enjoy one of the defining...

Brazil Leader Leaves China with Deals under Belt

Brazilian President Lula da Silva concluded his visit to China after arranging billions of dollars of deals between the two countries. From AFP: Before leaving Brazil, Lula had described the trip as “one of the most...

Bruce Gilley: Look to Brasilia, Not Beijing

From the Wall Street Journal: Threats to the global liberal order are usually identified with illiberal states. That’s why China, with its repressive domestic regime and its see-no-evil (unless related to the United...

Official: China Wants to Put $10B in Brazil Oil

China is looking to Brazil for future oil supplies. From AP: China wants to loan Brazil’s state oil company $10 billion to help develop massive new oil fields in deep water off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s...

Brazil, Russia Want Summit with India, China

On Wednesday, the presidents of Brazil and Russia agreed on a 2009 conference that will be held in Russia and will involve Russia, Brazil, India, and China. It is unknown whether or not China and India have agreed to...

Tofu Politics

China’s appetite for Brazilian-grown soy beans is helping soy farmers there to flourish, but government officials want China to do more than just buy raw materials: President Hu Jintao hasn’t come through on a...

Brazil’s Lesson for China: Do Not Ignore Inequality

Geoff Dyer writes on the Financial Times: In the late 1960s and 1970s, when Brazil was a dictatorship and the economy booming, social policy was neglected. “Grow the cake now, divide it up later”, became the mantra. For the past...

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