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Brazil President Lula Postpones Trip to China on Health

  • Xi sends message to Lula, wishing him speedy recovery
  • Lula is in a Brasilia hospital with bronchopneumonia
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva postponed a business trip to China because of illness, potentially setting back his plan to strengthen relations with his country’s largest trading partner.

Lula was admitted to a hospital in the capital of Brasilia on Thursday due to flu-like symptoms, according to a statement from his press office. He was diagnosed with bacterial and viral bronchopneumonia due to influenza A, and treatment was initiated.