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Is China's Engagement with Brazil, an Opportunity or Threat?
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Brazils aspiration to become a member of the global elite has led to increased economic and military engagement with China. China increased Brazilian investment in 2010 by over 5000 to 17 billion dollars. China has supplanted the United States as the number one trading partner to Brazil. While the United States struggles to recover from the global financial crisis and continues to engage world wide it cannot take its eye off of the Americas. Every investment by China is a missed opportunity for the United States. Stronger international relations between the United States and Brazil are required. But before developing any policy the United States must gain an appreciation of Brazils global interests. Brazil will pursue these interests with or without the United States. Left unchecked Chinas continued engagement will diminish the United States prestige in South America. If the United States desires a role in shaping the future of the Americas it is necessary to change its engagement policy with Brazil or prepare for a much different backyard.
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