Lula has pneumonia, flight delayed to China – Corriere.it

brazilian president, Iñácio Lula da Silva, 77 years old, he postponed his trip to China due to bacterial pneumonia caused by influenza. This was announced by the Presidential Office. The president was hospitalized on March 23 at the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in Brasilia with flu-like symptoms and His health conditions are not yet sufficient to allow him to travel, although his condition has improved thanks to antibiotic treatment. As stated by his doctors.

Lula’s flight to Beijing was scheduled to take off on Friday eveningAfter that, the departure was postponed to Sunday. Today, the departure has been cancelled, to be rescheduled to a later date. The postponement of the flight has already been reported to the Chinese authorities, who have been asked to set a new date.

Lula was scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on March 28. With his trip to China, the Brazilian leader intended to propose to Xi that they form a “peace club”.. According to Lula, “it’s time for Beijing to get its hands dirty” in trying to mediate a solution to the dispute, as reported in our newsletter.

In fact, the Brazilian president was the first leader to visit Xi after his re-election. At stake – in a meeting between the two – are also economic interests (Brazil is part of the BRICS countries, ed.).

There were great expectations for the Brazilian president’s trip: on that occasion it was supposed to serve as a signal for the country’s entry into the new Silk Road, giving a new impetus to the so-called «BRICS» bank. But for now, we have to wait for the approval of the Brazilian doctors, to reschedule the visit to China.

Harold Manning

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