Michelle Clancy | 23-09-2013
CCTV America, the US production arm of CCTV News, the global English Channel of China Central Television, will feature a week of special, in depth, programming on Brazil starting Monday 23 September.
China is Brazil's largest trading partner.
In this special series, a team of CCTV reporters focuses on Brazil's struggle to find a balance between its position as a rising, global, economic superpower, and its need to preserve its extraordinary natural resources.
Correspondent Sean Callebs takes viewers on a 20-day journey along the Amazon and through the Brazilian rainforests. He profiles the Kayopo Indians who are resisting development and the construction of a large dam project along the Xingu River.
"Brazil and its rainforests are a story everyone should care about: the rainforest provides 20% of the world's oxygen and 20% of its fresh water," he said.
Meanwhile, correspondent Stephen Gibbs in Rio de Janeiro will focus on the economic policy and the politics of Brazil, a nation of nearly 200 million people. He profiles Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is engaged in struggle to tackle uneven economic growth and manage a rash of street protests, and who recently cancelled a state visit to Washington in a row over allegations of US espionage.
Additional reporting by Correspondents Franc Contreras and Paulo Cabral provides viewers a comprehensive examination of Brazil's agricultural and manufacturing industries. The series also explores Brazil's place in World Sport and its preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.