China to provide twin boost to Brazil economy

Updated: 2015-05-21 13:40

By ZHAO YINAN in Rio de Janeiro(

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China to provide twin boost to Brazil economy
Premier Li meets with over 20 Chinese and Brazilian entrepreneurs on a China-made ferry in Rio de Janeiro on May 20. [Photo/]

"Brazil should streamline its visa applications for Chinese, especially for technical talents, to encourage people-to-people exchanges," he said.

Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, executive vice-president of commercial aviation at Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer, who was invited to the seminar, said his company is considering doing business with central and western cities in China.

"The market for regional planes in these areas is huge," he said. "In addition, I believe that our strength in training pilots can fit into China's demand for more pilots."

The seminar took place on a China-made ferry, which carries commuters between Rio and Niteroi, where the main Rio Olympic venue was built.

"The state government of Rio has ordered seven ships like this from us, and this is the first one being delivered," said Sun Dongsheng, general manager of Afai Southern Shipyard Ltd, the manufacturer of the ferry.

The ferries, together with the subway Line 4, will be the two major modes of transportation between Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic venues during the sporting event next year.

Carlos Roberto Osorio, Rio transportation secretary, said the upcoming Olympics will be an ideal showcase for Chinese equipment, because all of the visitors will have to travel via China-made equipment to watch the games.

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