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WEEK IN REVIEW: Brazil Warns That Mercosur in Jeopardy if Uruguay Signs a Free Trade Agreement With China

Newly re-elected Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (left) met with his Uruguayan counterpart Luis Lacalle Pou to discuss a controversial trade pact between Montevideo and Beijing. Dante Fernandez / AFP

Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira warned that the South American Common Market known as Mercosur is in jeopardy if Uruguay signs a free trade agreement with China. Viera told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that if Chinese goods enter the common market via Uruguay, it would “destroy” Mercosur. The bloc’s other partners, Paraguay, and Argentina have also called on Uruguay to halt bilateral talks with China and negotiate a collective deal. (MERCOPRESS)

The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to conduct a massive military exercise in the northeast along its disputed border with China. The IAF said Exercise Pralay would take place this week but did not specify when. The drills will involve all of its bases in the region and will include drones, Rafale and SU-30 fighter jets along with S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries. The drills come amid escalating tensions between the two Asian powers over their contested border in the Himalayas.(HINDUSTAN TIMES)

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