Jair Bolsonaro’s government tried this week to limit its disagreement with China to the Asian country’s embassy in Brasilia.
The argument, circulated by government ministers, is that Bolsonaro has good relations with Chinese President Xi Jinping. And nothing against China. The disagreements are said to be exclusively with Ambassador Yang Wanming.
The diplomat is blamed for making difficult messages after the president’s son Eduardo Bolsonaro criticized China – which allegedly deteriorated relations with the president.
For this reasoning, Eduardo, who is a federal deputy, has his own opinion – and it does not matter, because he does not speak for his father. So ignore it, and a good diplomat should know it.
Another problem: the diplomatic authorities would have come too close to João Doria, irritating Bolsonaro. The governor of São Paulo is today one of the main opponents of the president.
Interlocutors close to the Chinese embassy say that the arguments of the president’s auxiliaries border on childishness. And that Ambassador Yang Wanming is a leading Chinese figure, strong and prestigious in his country.
Bolsonaro urgently needs to restore good relations with China – this is the country from which the inputs for the only two Covid-19 vaccines available in Brazil are coming from.
with BRUNO B. SORAGGI, BIANKA VIEIRA and VICTORIA AZEVEDO
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