* Problems in China-Brazil trade part of a phase - official
* Brazil president to push for more trade during visit
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By Chris Buckley
BEIJING, April 12 China downplayed trade
problems with fellow emerging giant Brazil on Tuesday, saying
any challenges were limited and could be resolved through talks.
"The problems in China-Brazil trade and economic relations
are limited and part of a phase," Foreign Ministry spokesman
Hong Lei told reporters at a regular news briefing, adding that
disputes could be solved through "bilateral consultation on an
equal and friendly basis".
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff began a five-day visit to
China on Tuesday to push for more trade, a trip on which Hong
said China was placing great importance.
"We're confident that this visit will certainly bring to a
new level the healthy relations that already exist between China
and Brazil," Hong said, noting that bilateral trade had grown
20-fold in the past decade, making China Brazil's largest trade
Rousseff's visit, in tandem with a large delegation of
executives and officials, bore early fruit on Tuesday after
China placed $1.4 billion in orders for 35 jets from Brazilian
aircraft maker Embraer SA . [ID:nL3E7FC0E4]
But Rousseff has faced complaints at home from manufacturers
and officials, who say China's cheap yuan currency is
undercutting domestic production and that China is soaking up
Brazil's commodities such as iron ore, but not buying
The Brazil-China Business Council has said raw materials
account for three-quarters of Brazil's exports to China and that
nearly 90 percent of Chinese investments in Brazil targeted
natural resource sectors. Nearly half of Brazil's manufacturers
say they have lost market share to China at home.
(Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by Chris Lewis)