Lula cancels trip to China due to pneumonia

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has canceled his trip to China due to pneumonia, the presidency said on Saturday.

Lula, 77, was admitted to a hospital in Brasilia with symptoms of influenza and was diagnosed with “bacterial and viral bronchopneumonia due to influenza A,” the palace reported in a statement citing the medical report signed by Dr. Ana Helena Germoglio. . The press office later confirmed the cancellation of the trip.

The Chinese authorities have been informed “with the reiteration of the desire to set a new date for the visit,” the presidential palace added.

Lula had hoped to leave for China on Saturday, but the trip was initially postponed to Friday.

A delegation of ministers, senators, deputies and hundreds of businessmen was prepared to accompany Lula on his first state visit to Brazil’s main trading partner since he took office in January.

The Brazilian president was scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Tuesday.

The agenda included trade, investment and climate change, with 20 bilateral agreements expected to be signed, according to a statement from the presidential palace on Thursday.

Lula, who rarely postpones or cancels a trip abroad for health reasons, traveled to Argentina in January and to the United States in February. His immediate predecessor, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, showed little interest in international affairs and foreign travel.

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