Interview: China's achievements inspire LatAm countries to explore own development paths, says Brazilian expert

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-06 15:08:20|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The achievements China has scored today have provided important inspiration to developing countries, including Latin American countries, said Severino Cabral, chairman of the Brazilian Institute for China and Asia Pacific Studies.

Those achievements, which are inseparable from the advantages of the Chinese system, can help Latin American countries explore development paths that are more suitable to their own national conditions, Cabral said.

Cabral has been to China twenty-eight times so far and has visited many Chinese cities on his own and witnessed China's socioeconomic development.

Taking Shanghai Pudong New Area as an example, "when I first came to China, the constructions were just beginning there, but now it (the area) has developed into a global economic and financial center, and also the headquarters of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) New Development Bank," Cabral said.

He believes that the Chinese government can always cope with changes in the external environment, and achieve its goals and fulfill its plans on schedule steadily.

"In the past 30 years, the world has been experiencing different major events, but Pudong has still been built as planned and China has grown into the world's second largest economy," the expert said.

He attributed China's achievements to a development path that suits its own national conditions. "Only by finding the right path can you continue to develop," Cabral added.

Cabral, one of the first Brazilian scholars to study China, told Xinhua that at the beginning, he could only conduct his research mainly through academic reports from Western countries such as the United States and France, and Chairman Mao Zedong's works, which were partially translated into Portuguese.

After Brazil and China established diplomatic relations in 1974, the channels through which he could understand China were significantly expanded, Cabral said.

In 1994, he first set foot on China and began to use first-hand materials to further study China.

In 2004, Cabral promoted the establishment of the Brazilian Institute for China and Asia Pacific Studies, hoping to provide more experience for Brazil and other Latin American countries in their own development practices.

Cabral also highly appreciates the positive influences that China's diplomatic ideas and practices have brought to Brazil.

"We have seen that many of Brazil's current strategic plans involve China's participation and support, including power transmission lines with a length of over 2,500 km," said Cabral, adding that many of them were planned in Brazil several years ago, but were realized with the assistance of Chinese companies just recently.

China has been Brazil's largest trading partner for ten consecutive years and will continue to be an important partner of Brazil, according to Cabral.

"China's development path has been proven correct by reality, and its economic contributions to Brazil, Latin America and the whole world should not be denied," he said.

"We believe that a more prosperous and stronger China will benefit Brazil and the world," Cabral added.