The Chinese ‘Jeitinho:’ A Case of Sino-Brazilian Trade Relations

Gabriel Kesseler


Brazil finally gasps for air, having barely kept its economy afloat amid its deepest recession
yet. Fragile and still mired in political scandals, Brazil seems optimistic about the future of its
economy. But should it? This paper critically assesses Sino-Brazilian relations and their
influence upon Brazil’s current path towards deindustrialization. A recent surge in literature
concerning deindustrialization advances the notion of premature deindustrialization being
highly threatening to the Brazilian economy. Moreover, scholars and policymakers alike
bring forth studies showcasing a disproportionate increase of primary exports in recent
years, which they believe is caused by Brazil’s growing economic reliance on Chinese trade.
The paper enters the discussion by conducting a theoretical analysis where concepts such as
dependency, primarization, and soft power are explained and applied to the subject at hand.
This is followed by an in-depth observation of Sino-Brazilian relations. The case is made that
Brazil intentionally chooses the path of dependency and deindustrialization in hope of
securing recognition as a global power.

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