President Lula of Brazil and Barak Obama in a meeting in Washington last year
Until recently, the Obama administration assumed that Brazil and the United States were natural allies who shared many foreign policy interests, particularly in Latin America. This now seems like wishful thinking. Although President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and the US leader get on really well, it seems Brazil has decided to follow an independent course. Even commercialy, China has become more important to Brazil than the US. China has just surpassed the United States as Brazil’ s main commercial partner.