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In Brazil on March 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

POLITICS

Brazil’s new president picks a different route to prosperity and influence from Latin America’s generation of left-populist leaders (The Guardian).

Brazil’s government will slash spending on defense and low-income housing as part of $30 billion in cuts to this year’s budget, hoping to cool red-hot economic growth and slow a spike in inflation. Officials said the cuts would freeze the hiring of civil servants but will not touch social welfare programs or the government’s main infrastructure program, which is critical to Brazil’s plans to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics (Reuters).

President Dilma Rousseff said on a popular television program that Brazil’s workforce needs more women (Xinhua).

INTERNATIONAL

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a bilateral meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota on February 23, 2011. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed a wide range of issues, including preparing for President Obama’s upcoming visit to Brazil, his first presidential visit to South America. Secretary Clinton said she was honored attend the inauguration of President Dilma Rousseff, and she looks forward to broadening and deepening the strong partnership between the United States and Brazil (State Dept).

Brazil is gathering data from its business sector to determine if it should sue the European Union at the World Trade Organization over limits on poultry imports, a Brazilian diplomat said (Reuters).

Contrary to expectations even when black and brown make up 52% of the 190 million Brazilians, –according to the latest census–, their genetic ancestry is more predominantly European than African or Indio-American (MercoPress).

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota in Beijing, vowing joint efforts with Brazil’ s new leadership to promote their strategic partnership. Calling Brazil a sincere friend and strategic partner of China, Wen said the country hopes to enhance contacts with Brazil’s new government, deepen political trust, and facilitate bilateral exchanges and cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, technology and culture (Xinhua).

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DEFENSE

The Brazilian government has “no money to buy jet fighters” in 2011 confirmed Finance minister Guido Mantega in reference to the tender for the purchase of at least 36 modern aircraft and for which France, United States and Sweden are competing (MercoPress).

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