Saturday, May 13, 2023

The girl from Ipanema falls for Xi

 (My new American Thinker post)

Look south and you will see Brazil and China coming together.  It's more like giving the U.S. the finger.  China is preaching that they are the future and the U.S. is the past.  Well, President Xi has a convert and they call him Lula or President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil.

This is the story with lots of samba for background music:  

The mid-April visit to China of newly inaugurated Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) is an apparent triumph for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in its effort to broaden its influence in Latin America. The visit also seems to have served Lula's legacy dream of being perceived as a moral beacon and advocate for the impoverished "Global South."

Lula, now 76, is serving his third term as Brazil's president, after barely defeating the pro-US and conservative nationalist former President Jair Bolsonaro. Lula has long been an advocate of a socialist model of economic development. He once expressed his respect for the CCP, on an earlier visit to China, "for having created this grand miracle." 

According to Wang Yi, CCP Director of Foreign Affairs, Lula also expressed admiration for China's having brought millions out of poverty and hunger.

Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled the significance of Lula's visit by upgrading its bilateral relations with Brazil to a "Global Strategic Relationship," as he urged Brazil to celebrate next year's 50th anniversary of bilateral relations by increasing support for China's "Belt and Road Initiative." 

Xi also apparently persuaded Lula to support the use of China's yuan to replace the dollar as the global standard currency.

It's a new love affair and Lula is no longer that moderate that he ran as.  Wonder if he ever said vote for me and we're getting in bed with the Chinese?  None of my Brazilian friends remember any of that from old man Lula who ran as a moderate against their version of the Orange Man, President Jair Bolsonaro.

Where is President Biden in all this?  Where is he on anything? China walking into Latin America and cutting deals with opportunists like Lula who need money and love giving the U.S. the finger.

Maybe someone should ask Biden if the Monroe Doctrine applies anymore?  Probably the press secretary will read from her notes that the doctrine was written by white guys and we don't like it anymore.  In the meantime, those guys walking around Latin America giving out cash are Chinese and on a mission to replace the U.S.   

Yes, the girl from Ipanema she walks to the sea She looks straight ahead but not at Biden.

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A word about May 13

1917:  We remember Our Lady of Fatima today..........the movie "The miracle of our Lady of Fatima" is very good.

1981:  Do you remember the day that Pope John Paul II was shot?  It happened on this day in 1981.

Music:   We wish a very happy birthday to Stevie Wonder who was born in Michigan on this day in 1950.

"La Bamba":    Richard Steven Valenzuela (Ritchie Valens) was born on this day in 1941 in Los Angeles.  He became one of the first Mexican-American rockers and the inspiration for "La Bamba", a great movie from the 1980's.   

"Motown story":    Motown had 32 # 1 hits.     Who recorded the first one?   The answer is Mary Wells who was born on this day in 1943.      She died in 1992.   Back in 1964, she recorded "My guy", a song that later showed up in the soundtrack of "Sister Act"

"Hall of Fame:  The great Stan Musial got # 3,000 on this day in 1958.    It happened at Wrigley Field.    Musial came into the game as a pinch-hitter.    He may be the only player to get # 3,000 as a pinchhitter.   Musial went into The Hall of Fame in 1969.   He won 3 NL MVP's and retired with a .331 average, 3,630 hits, 475 HR & 1,961 RBI.

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