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Chinese automakers to tap Brazil through local production [Want China Times]

Brazil was the fifth largest auto market in the world in 2011. Sales topped 3.6 million cars then and Chinese cars accounted for a quarter of the market. Interdependent synergy where bridges can be found?

For more, see

Transnational media financial coverage: China’s Cars Grab Brazil Market Share (Bloomberg, September 21, 2011)

Chinese state media coverage: Feature: Chinese cars win hearts of Brazil’s new middle class (Xinhua, October 17, 2012):

“No one had anything good to say about the quality of Chinese products in the past… That was the Brazilian people’s first impression of China,” Fernando Morais, general manager of the Chinese state-owned JAC dealership at Botafogo. It made 494,800 vehicles in 2011. Exports began in 1990 after 26 years of being established. They started with Bolivia, today its products are claimed to be sold in over a hundred countries.

For a perspective from an internationalist automotive journalist who was recently in Brazil, check out Motor Mouth: I’m going back to Brazil! (National Post, October 25, 2012):

Auto sales are growing so rapidly that traditional automakers — such as Volkswagen and Renault — are expanding their manufacturing base here (the French company expanded its Ayrton Senna complex to build 100,000 more cars), while even the Chinese upstarts — JAC, for instance — are offshoring to Brazil to beat local tariffs. (The Chinese presence at the Sao Paulo auto show is huge, dwarfing its national presence at any mainstream exhibition I’ve attended. Great Wall, Chery and the aforementioned JAC all had huge booths as did Changan and Haima, along with smaller participation by Jonway and Landwind.). But despite their obvious ambitions, their displays are definitely second-rate compared with even the cheapest of the established marques. Indeed, if their products lag mainstream brands as much as their show displays, it may be some time before they are competitive.

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Chinese automakers to tap Brazil through local production
Staff Reporter
Source – Want China Times, published October 26, 2012

Chinese carmakers are setting up production bases in Brazil, which is currently the world’s fifth-largest auto market, to tap into the surging business opportunities offered by the South American country, Shanghai’s First Financial Daily reports.

On Oct. 23, Brazilian car distributor Districar announced that it will be adding Changan and Haima to the list of Chinese auto brands it distributes, including Chery and JAC, in Brazil from early next year.

The announcement preceded the Sao Paulo International Motor Show, which opened on the following day, where China’s Great Wall Motors unveiled its plan to enter the Brazilian market in the second half of 2013 and to set up factories in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Automotive, Beijing Consensus, Brazil, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Finance, Influence, Intellectual Property, International Relations, Modernisation, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, Technology, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade, , , , , ,

BRICS seek unity, influence at New Delhi summit [Global Times]

BRICS Meet: China and its collective of rising powers on consensus building toward the “Delhi Declaration”.

And…from the India Express (March 30, 2012) Delhi declaration: Talks only solution to resolve India, Syria issues “Concerned about the situation in West Asia due to Iran’s nuclear programme and Syria’s internal affairs, India, China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa on Thursday agreed that the issues in these countries should be resolved only through dialogue.”

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BRICS seek unity, influence at New Delhi summit
Xinhua, AFP
Source – Global Times, published March 28, 2012

The leaders of BRICS countries gather in New Delhi Thursday for their fourth summit, and they will also hold private talks, with the emerging market bloc struggling to convert its growing economic strength into collective diplomatic clout.

These will conclude with a “Delhi Declaration,” which will summarize the consensus of their views and could include a statement on the bloodshed in Syria, the Iranian nuclear crisis or Europe’s debt problems.

Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador to India, said the leaders of China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa would have in-depth discussions on global economic management, sustainable development and cooperation among the five BRICS countries with the theme “Partnership for Stability, Security and Prosperity.”

China regards this summit as a new opportunity for BRICS countries to reach consensus and deepen cooperation among BRICS countries to deliver a message of confidence to the world economy, provide dynamics to strengthen global economic management, and contribute more to the global economic recovery, Zhang said.

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Brazil, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, global times, Government & Policy, India, Influence, International Relations, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Russia, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

Chinese, Brazilian presidents hold phone talks on bilateral ties

One thing’s for sure, if the Brazillians and Chinese were to get together to play some street soccer, that’ll be the ultimate celebration of bilateral ties!

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Chinese, Brazilian presidents hold phone talks on bilateral ties
Source – Xinhua, 11 Feb 2010

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) — President Hu Jintao held a telephone conversation with his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on bilateral ties Thursday, with both sides expressing willingness to promote cooperation.

The Chinese president said China-Brazil relations have been deepening in a comprehensive way, marked by frequent exchange of visits between their leaders and political mutual trust.

The Brazilian president’s state visit to China last year brought the two countries’ strategic partnership to a new level as the two sides reached consensus over a broad range of major issues, Hu said.

The two countries have agreed to map out a joint action plan, he said, adding that exchanges and cooperation in various fields have seen new momentum and the two sides have maintained close coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs.

China-Brazil cooperation enjoys solid political foundation and broad prospect for development, Hu said.

He said further development of their strategic partnership is in the fundamental interests of both countries and is their common aspiration. It is also conducive to world peace and common development, he said.

He also said China highly values its relations with Brazil and is ready to work with the Brazilians to further promote strategic partnership between the two countries.

On cooperation between the BRIC nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China, Hu said the four countries share the same or similar opinions on many global issues and have great potential in bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

China attaches great importance to the cooperation platform of BRIC countries and is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with Brazil, Russia and India, he said.

Hu emphasized China and Brazil are both members of the BASIC countries and share extensive consensus on the issue of climate change. Through qualitative coordination and cooperation, both countries have played an important role in the climate summit held in Copenhagen not long ago.

He said China would like to further enhance communication and coordination with Brazil as well as G77 countries to preserve and promote the interests of developing nations so that to facilitate a positive outcome of the climate summit to be held in Mexico this year and to keep on contributing constructively to the international cooperation on climate change.

Lula extended his greetings to President Hu and the Chinese people on the coming Chinese Spring Festival, adding that Brazil has prioritized the development of the relations with China and he is glad to see a smooth pragmatic progress in various fields between the two sides.

He said that Brazil is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in fields like energy, aviation and infrastructure. Brazil would like to work with China on a stronger cooperation among the BRIC countries.

He added that during the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen, along with a number of other countries, Brazil and China cooperated closely and played an active role in making the conference successful.

Brazil is willing to continue working with China on a successful climate summit in Mexico, Lula said.

Filed under: Brazil, International Relations, xinhua

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