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Lula Pitches South American Trade Pact With China in Bid to Save Mercosur

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 President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called for a South American regional trade agreement with China as part of a desperate bid to save the embattled Mercosur bloc.

Lula proposed the idea during a speech on Wednesday in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo on his first overseas trip since his re-election.

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