Brazil may be the next BRIC to unofficialy adopt Transpacific Partnership policies.
When President Dilma Rousseff was asked Tuesday in Washington on intelligence that the US National Security Agency conducted in 2013 on her personal phone, she answered that from now on, “if President Barack Obama wants to know something about Brazil, he can call me directly.”
Her answer caused the US President to smile. Relations between leaders of the two American giants have moved forward.
Dilma seems to have forgotten the shameful episode that had her phone spied on by the NSA in the same way American intelligence spied on other world leaders.
At that time, Rousseff was so upset that she canceled a scheduled visit to Washington, as she called NSA surveillance an indignant insult.
On Tuesday, on the eve of the meeting between the two leaders, Obama strolled amiably with the Brazilian President, in a gesture of deference. Rousseff, meanwhile, invited Obama to the Olympics and gave him a shirt of the Brazilian national soccer team.
In addition to these gestures, the two powers signed a set of agreements ranging from the defense sector to education.
A third plan intends to “boost trade by eliminating red tape”, and another one will try to expedite obtaining visas for Brazilians who travel frequently to the US.
The so-called trade boosting measures are suspected to be Transpacific Partnership policies, which have been shown to be nothing less than an accelerated takeover of governments by corporations.
Both presidents stressed the need to have a pact on climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. The two countries say they have reduced CO2 emissions more than anyone, in absolute terms.
Obama promised that the US, as of 2024, will release into the atmosphere 26% less CO2 than it did in 2005. Meanwhile Rousseff, who governs a country that accounts for more than 20% of the drinking water in the world and possesses significant natural resources such as the Amazon Rain Forest, pledged that by 2030 the country will have reforested more than 12 million hectares and will have done away with illegal deforestation, a practice that each year destroys whole forests in remote areas, including the Amazon.
Both Obama and Rousseff have committed to the document produced by the United Nations on Climate Change, which according to many scientists must be approved on the next Climate Change summit in Paris.
Rousseff reminded Obama about infrastructure plans that her government plans to carry out in the coming years and that supposedly provides for the construction of highways, railways and airports, among other things, and that is worth more than $65 bilion.
Not coincidentally one of the objectives of the Brazilian President on this trip is to find American investors who believe in this plan and who are willing to risk money on it.
In this regard, Rousseff said that the recent good health of the US economy is good news for all America, and especially for Brazil.
“The US overcame its crisis of 2008. We will overcome ours as well. We are trying to turn Brazil into a great middle class country after getting over poverty.”
The Brazilian president also hailed the US initiative of opening up relations with Cuba: “That opens not only a new way of for Cuba to relate to the US, but also to Latin America”.
In sum, the two presidents seem to have regained the lost harmony. However, political realities are very different for both leaders. While Obama enjoys what many call king powers to fast-track almost anything he wants, Dilma Rousseff is in a downhill spiral after multiple corruption revelations during her previous term.
In addition, Rousseff, also sinks into the consequences of the current economic recession for which the government has no other plan than austerity measures of the kind that are implemented in Ukraine, Greece, Spain and other European countries that are now battling not to default on their debt obligations.