RIO DE JANEIRO, June 10 (Xinhua) -- China's recently published white paper on trade consultations with the United States "unmasks the fallacy of U.S. arguments in favor of the trade war," a senior Brazilian party leader has said.
"It is an enlightening piece, and at the same time a proud and active response from China," Walter Sorrentino, vice president of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Earlier this month, the Chinese government issued a white paper on the China-U.S. economic and trade consultations, denouncing U.S. unilateral and protectionist measures, criticizing its backtracking on the two countries' trade talks, and expounding China's stance on trade consultations and pursuit of reasonable solutions.
"This position projects China's intention to contribute to the new stage of globalization and cooperative multipolarity, to speed up world development, and to promote the global economy and trade," Sorrentino said.
Sorrentino, who also serves as PCdoB's national secretary of politics and international relations, stressed that the world has yet to recover from the 2007-2008 financial crisis -- the global economy is stagnant, unemployment is high, as is poverty and inequality.
In the face of this situation, China has an important role, given its willingness to lead in a scenario of cooperative multipolarity, "opening strategic opportunities for self-determined, sovereign and sustainable development for nations in the process of development or in a struggle against neocolonialism," he said.
On the other hand, the U.S. strategy of protectionism and trade wars represents "a false response to the economic crisis," Sorrentino noted.
In Latin America, the actions of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration represent a great obstacle to many countries and their struggle to achieve sovereign development.
Sorrentino suggested that Brazil should strengthen its position in international trade through boosting trade relations with China and promoting integration with the BRICS, consisting of Russia, India, and South Africa as well as China and Brazil.
Comparing China with Brazil, Sorrentino said: "We are among the countries with the largest territories, population and gross domestic product."
"We are members of BRICS," he continued, "which represents an articulation ... (that) provides mutual benefits ... (is) in opposition to protectionism and trade wars such as those promoted by the United States."
"In Brazil, we believe we should not be dependent on anyone, but interdependent in sharing the advantages of autonomous, sovereign development, towards a new type of governance in a world with deconcentrated power, where multilateralism imposes itself," he added.