Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that China was an "exceptional partner" of Brazil, softening earlier criticism that Chinese investors were taking over Latin America's largest economy.
"We will continue being a partner of China," Bolsonaro said when asked how he would treat Chinese investments if he wins the October election.
"I don't want any country buying up Brazil, but we will do business with all countries and China is an exceptional partner," he told reporters.
China displaced the United States in 2009 as Brazil's biggest trade partner, buying much of its soy and iron ore exports. Chinese investment has poured into Brazil's energy and infrastructure sectors in recent years, and China has become a new source of financing in the Brazilian economy.