(Yicai Global) June 28 -- Brazilian President Michel Temer has ordered a National Chinese Immigration Day to be held every August, while celebrating the very day when the first Chinese immigrants arrived in the South American country as well as when the two nations set up diplomatic relations.
"Chinese immigration began in Brazil around 200 years ago, with official records showing the first group of people from China arriving in the country on August 15th," state-backed Xinhua News Agency reported, citing Temer's speech at the signing ceremony.
"China now is Brazil's largest trading partner and the two countries have seen extensive cooperation in many fields. We also cement our dialogue mechanism under the BRIC framework," Temer added.
The signing of the bill for the Chinese Immigration Day is not only a high recognition of overseas Chinese for their hard work and dedication to Brazil, but also a demonstration of Brazil’s inclusiveness and openness, said Song Yang, Charge d'Affaires of China's Embassy in Brazil.
China and Brazil established official diplomatic ties in 1974.
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