Poor logistics present a problem for partnership.(FT REPORT - THE NEW TRADE ROUTES: BRAZIL & CHINA)
Financial Times (London, England), May 23, 2011.
With its towering red torii gate and graffiti of girls in kimonos, the neighbourhood of Liberdade in São Paulo looks like most Japanese outposts around the world.
But over the past few years, packets of seaweed have been pushed aside to make room for Chinese noodles on supermarket shelves, and Mandarin voices now fill the crowded streets.
"It was mostly just the Japanese here before, but then the Chinese came and starting buying everything," says Jessica Chen, a Taiwanese shopkeeper in the district who moved to Brazil in 1982. "It won't be long before China dominates the world," she says, laughing.
It is not uncommon to hear people in Brazil talking about the growing Chinese presence in the country as an invasion. Looking at the government's foreign trade data, it is easy to understand why.