Brazil's exports to China hit $44.3 billion, an increase of more than 43 percent over 2010. In 2009, China surpassed the U.S. as Brazil's biggest trading partner. For 2011, Brazil logged $256 billion in exports, with a $29.7 billion surplus.
When North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died last month, few were sorry to see him go, except in neighboring China, where the state-run press ran a smiling photo of Kim and mourned the loss of a "friend." So why did China back one of the world's most loathed dictators and is now supporting his youngest son?
The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia took place in a matter of days, filling those countries with hope of a brighter future. Both countries have held elections, but creating a democracy will take time.
Iran's navy drill, which could bring its ships into proximity with U.S. Navy vessels that operate in the same area, is Iran's latest show of strength in the face of mounting international criticism over its nuclear program.
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