China’s ambassador to East Timor named as new ambassador to Brazil

19 April 2006

Beijing, China, 19 April – China’s ambassador in East Timor, Chen Duqin, has been named to replace Jiang Yuande as the country’s ambassador to Brazil, according to a statement published in Beijing by the National Popular Assembly.

This will be the third post Chen has taken up in a country which has Portuguese as an official language, as he had been ambassador to East Timor since September 2004 and previously had the same role in Mozambique.

The political relations between the two countries have intensified, with their respective leaders meeting ever more since official visits to their respective countries by Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Chinese president Hu Jintao, in 2004.

Brazil is China’s largest trading partner in Latin America, and bilateral trade in 2005 reached a record US$14.82 billion, a 20 percent increase on the previous year, according to official Chinese figures.

Of total trade, exports by China to Brazil were US$4.83 billion in 2005, a 31.4 percent increase on the previous year, and imports totaled US$9.99 billion, or an increase of 15.2 percent year on year.

Thus China had a trade deficit with Brazil of US$5.16 billion.

Soy is Brazil’s main export product to China, accounting for 25 percent of total exports in 2005, or US$1.7 billion. (macauhub)

MACAUHUB FRENCH