Brazilian President Lula (middle) reported that he was infected with type A flu complicated by pneumonia, temporarily postponed his state visit to China; the picture shows Lula and his wife meeting with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin (left, Chris on the 23rd) Martin), picked up the guitar on a whim.


[Central News Agency] After Brazilian President Lula canceled his visit to China due to influenza and pneumonia, government members tried to reschedule the state visit to April, but due to the complexity of the agenda, it may be postponed to May.

At the suggestion of the medical team, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's trip to China was first postponed from the 25th to the 26th, hoping that he would recover from pneumonia, but after a re-evaluation on the 25th, he decided to cancel the trip.

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According to Lula adviser and former foreign minister Celso Amorim, the government is negotiating with the Chinese authorities on the best date for the meeting.

The Brazilian government considers Lula's visit to China extremely important because China is Brazil's main trading partner.

In addition to economic relations between the two countries, Lula also hopes to discuss with Chinese President Xi Jinping a solution to end the war between Russia and Ukraine, issues of global governance and the possibility of a new blueprint for the UN Security Council.

Lula originally planned to use his visit to China to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new president of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), which consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which was replaced by former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

However, the visit to China from the 27th to the 31st was canceled after Lula was diagnosed with type A influenza which caused bacterial and viral bronchial pneumonia.

Roberto Kalil, Lula's attending doctor, said in an interview with CNN Brasil today that Lula is 77 years old, but his overall health is good and he is improving every day. It is estimated that he can resume activities in the next week .

This morning the Chinese government sent a message of condolences to Lula, wishing him a speedy recovery, and expressing understanding and respect for the cancellation of the visit, but did not mention the new visit time.

Lula's cancellation of his trip to China also delayed the two countries' stepping up to a new level in the so-called "strategic partnership".

Agriculture Minister Carlos Favaro, who has already led some Brazilian business people to China, said that the delay of Lula's visit "would not have much impact". Lula and Xi Jinping were originally scheduled to meet on the 28th to sign all cooperation agreements Still will be signed in the future.

Favaro pointed out that the Brazilian entrepreneurs who went to China this time will be invited again at the next meeting between Xi Jinping and Lula, because the Chinese economy is very dependent on the national government, when Beijing politically supports foreign heads of state and accompanying business representatives , can often promote business contacts with Chinese corporate executives.