Wednesday, January 27, 2010

209) Brazil-China aircraft carrier agreement

Using BRIC to build at sea: The Brazil-China aircraft carrier agreement and shifting naval power
Kai Thaler
Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais e de Segurança, 27 January 2010

In the short term, it appears that Brazil will mainly gain international prestige and pride from the aircraft carrier flight training agreement, as well as closer relations with China, while the Chinese will receive the more tangible benefit of a shorter timetable for beginning naval aviation operations once the construction of an aircraft carrier is completed. In the long run, however, Brazil may be the big winner if its assistance to China results in increased Chinese pressure for Brazil's inclusion as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. Regardless of the long-term outcomes, the agreement provides a clear signal to the world that the global balance of power is shifting not only economically, but also militarily, as the large emerging countries of the BRIC group seek to translate fiscal power into force projection capabilities.

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