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Xi Jinping Delivers Important Speech at National Congress of Brazil-Carry Forward Traditional Friendship and Jointly Open up New Chapter of Cooperation

2014/07/17

On July 16, 2014, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the National Congress of Brazil entitled "Carry Forward Traditional Friendship and Jointly Open up New Chapter of Cooperation". He praised China-Brazil traditional friendship, elaborated on China's policy and proposition on developing the China-Brazil relations and China-Latin America relations in the new era, and emphasized to propel China-Brazil comprehensive strategic partnership, promote the China-Latin America relations to achieve great development and push the international order towards a more just and reasonable direction, in terms of higher level, wider fields and larger stage and with longer-term perspective, broader mind and firmer confidence.

At about 3:15 pm local time, accompanied by President Renan Calheiros of the Brazilian Federal Senate and President Henrique Eduardo Alves of the Chamber of Deputies, Xi Jinping stepped into the Plenary Hall of the Chamber of Deputies. All participants stood up and welcomed him. The national anthems of China and Brazil were played on the scene. In the warm applause, Xi Jinping delivered a speech.

Xi Jinping pointed out that though China and Brazil are separated by oceans, the vast Pacific Ocean couldn't stop the process of the friendly exchanges between the two peoples. 200 years ago, the first Chinese tea growers traveled across the geographical distance to Brazil to plant tea and teach their skills. The Chinese and Brazilian peoples have forged a sincere friendship over the years, which is like the hard work of the Chinese tea growers who plant hope, harvest pleasure and taste friendship. Established in 1974, the diplomatic relationship between China and Brazil has grown more solid and mature in its 40th year now. Brazil is the first developing country to establish strategic partnership and the first Latin American country to establish comprehensive strategic partnership with China. The two countries regard each other as an important cooperative partner, and can be considered as a model of South-South cooperation.

Xi Jinping stressed that both China and Brazil are influential major developing countries and promising emerging markets, and the China-Brazil relations have become increasingly influential to the world. Both sides should take the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship as a new start to inherit the past, usher in the future and promote the China-Brazil comprehensive strategic partnership.

First, we should stick to the direction of strategic coordination, continuously strengthen strategic mutual trust, understand and support each other on major issues concerning core interests such as sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, firmly support each other to take its development path that conforms to its own national conditions, deepen strategic dialogue and communication, and actively carry out exchanges on state governance.

Second, we should draw up a good plan for common development, strengthen coordination on macroeconomic policy, expand convergence of the development strategy of both sides, speed up the implementation of the China-Brazil Ten-year Cooperation Plan, expand the trade scale and mutual investment, promote a batch of strategic cooperation projects, and push the practical cooperation to a deeper, broader and better development.

Third, we should shoulder international responsibilities, jointly safeguard and carry forward international fairness and justice, uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as equal sovereignty of all countries, advocate the idea of community of common human destiny, promote the establishment of a new type of more equal and balanced global development partnership, advocate the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, strengthen coordination and cooperation within international and multilateral mechanisms, and actively participate in global governance, so as to win more institutional power and rights of voice for the developing countries. In today's world, the development of the internet raises new challenges to the national sovereignty, security and development interests of all countries. All countries have the right to safeguard their information security, and the international community should build a multilateral, democratic and transparent international internet governance system based on the principle of mutual respect and mutual trust.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Latin America and the Caribbean is a piece of colorful and hopeful land. The relations between China and Latin America enjoy a long history, and have witnessed a comprehensive and rapid development in the 21st century. Presently, the Chinese people are striving for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. We will unswervingly take the road of peaceful development, and always pursue firmly the open strategy of mutual benefits and win-win results. Unity, collaboration, development and revitalization are the dreams the Latin American people from generation to generation. The "Chinese Dream" and the "Latin American Dream" are closely linked. Both sides should take the courage to pursue the dream and jointly make the dream come true. China is willing to work jointly with Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries to well construct the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and promote the establishment of China-Latin America comprehensive cooperative partnership of equality, mutual benefit and common development, so as to make the two sides good friends who share the same ideal and good partners who make progress together.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the friendship between the peoples is the source of power for the development of the China-Brazil relations. Both sides should constantly promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and facilitate exchanges between the young people, thus maintaining China-Brazil friendship from generation to generation.

Xi Jinping finally concluded that China and Brazil should look into the future and join hands to create a better future for China-Brazil comprehensive strategic partnership, compose a magnificent epic of China-Latin America comprehensive cooperative partnership and make new and greater contributions to the lofty cause of peace and development of mankind.

With a warm and friendly atmosphere, Xi Jinping's speech was frequently interrupted by the warm applause and ended with a standing ovation from the whole audience.

President Calheiros of the Federal Senate and President Alves of the Chamber of Deputies respectively delivered a passionate speech. They said that it was their honor that President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the National Congress of Brazil. The speech today has been broadcasted live to the Brazilian people via television. President Xi Jinping conveyed important information about unity, friendliness, respect and cooperation, which aroused strong response among them. President Xi Jinping is a foreign leader who won the most applause at the National Congress of Brazil. China is a great country with industrious and intelligent Chinese people, and the Brazilian people appreciate China's time-honored history and culture, and admire China's ever-growing achievements in the modernization construction. Brazil and China are good friends and good partners on the development path. Brazil hopes to strengthen friendly cooperation with China, pursue together the beautiful dream of peace, harmony and prosperity, and achieve common development to make greater contributions to world peace and human progress.

Present were Vice President Michel Temer of Brazil, members of the Federal Senate and Chamber of Deputies, a number of government ministers, generals of the armed forces, foreign envoys to Brazil and others.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the speech.

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