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Brazilian President Visits China Seeking Closer Strategic Partnership

Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff is in China at the start of a six-day visit intended to deepen fast-growing economic ties between the two emerging nations.

Rouseff will also attend a summit Thursday of leaders from the so-called BRICS countries, which also include Russia, India and South Africa.

Trade and economic issues are expected to dominate Rouseff's meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and other top officials. China has recently supplanted the United States as Brazil's largest trading partner and is now its biggest source of foreign investment.

China's official Xinhua news agency quoted Rouseff saying in an interview that she wants to expand Brazil's strategic partnership with China. She told Xinhua the countries are strategic partners "in all areas" and that the relationship provides benefits to both countries.