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Additionally, reports emerged Saturday of discomfort among top military brass at Bolsonaro's idea of having a United States military base on Brazilian soil.

Shares in Brazilian planemaker Embraer plunged almost five per cent on Friday after new President Jair Bolsonaro voiced wariness about a USD5.2-billion tie-up it is planning with United States (US) giant Boeing.

Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit Brazil this week when he attended Bolsonaro's inauguration.

In the letter, the Chinese president says that, since China and Brazil established their relations 44 years ago, "the ties between the two countries resisted the global scenarios and developed in an integrated and deep manner".

Bolsonaro's conservative Social Liberal Party has only a tenth of the seats in the 513-member Chamber of Deputies, and the president will be relying on lawmakers from several parties reflecting his base to back him.

Earlier in December, two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela, a deployment that accentuated soaring Russia-US tensions.

On Friday, asked by journalists in Brasilia about his openness to hosting a USA base, Bolsonaro said: "I have the American people as a friend".

Only three days after he won the second round of presidential elections in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro announced the construction of a highway through the Amazon because he believes that "too much protected natural areas are detrimental to economic development". Bolsonaro argued it was necessary for people to defend themselves.

As part of his pledge to crack down on crime, the president has promised to give immunity to soldiers and police who kill while on duty.

Camilo Santana, the governor of Ceara state, said that 45 people have been arrested in connection with the dozens of attacks, which have hit 15 cities in the state, including the capital, Fortaleza.

Intelligence reports published in the Brazilian media attributed the violence to a reaction by gangs to attempts to end their control of some prisons by separating inmates by affiliation and blocking cellphone signals.

Much of that task falls to his justice minister, Sergio Moro, a former star judge who headed up Operation Car Wash, an investigation into Brazil's biggest-ever corruption scandal.

Immediately after taking office, the President of Brazil made a move that could have catastrophic consequences on the World.

2017 were registered in Brazil almost 64,000 murders.


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