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RIO DE JANEIRO Jared Goff Rams Jersey , Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Brazil should build a lot of soft power and strengthen cooperation and partnership with other countries in undergoing socioeconomic development, a Brazilian expert has said.

When Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was in office, Brazil's soft power was associated to the image of the former president, "a poor child from the northeastern region, who founded the largest left-wing party in Latin America," Evandro Carvalho Samson Ebukam Rams Jersey , an expert of the public policy think tank Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), told Xinhua.

"They started looking at Brazil and saw the country having cultural and social intelligence exported to the rest of the world," he said.

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According to Carvalho, without proper education the country will not manage to evolve much more in terms of soft power.

"We are importers of intelligence, and as long as we are importers, we will not manage to develop real soft power beyond the precarious tools of a soft power based only on stereotypes," he said.

Moreover Cooper Kupp Rams Jersey , Brazil needs to focus on multilateral negotiations and strengthen partnerships with countries in Africa and Asia, he said, urging Brazil to be more daring and take over leadership positions when pertinent.

"Brazil should believe more in itself, and take the risks of acting both in the defense of its national interests and in the defense of a more balanced and socially just international order," Carvalho said.

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NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday as Wall Street pondered over the ongoing uncertainty about the timing of a rate hike amid jobless claims data.

As there is no Federal Reserve policy meeting in August, investors were still sifting through the highly-watched minutes from the Fed's July meeting released Wednesday afternoon.

According to the minutes, most U.S. Fed officials believed conditions for tightening monetary policy were approaching, but they failed to give clear signals on the timing of the first interest rate hike in nearly nine years.

Market analysts widely see September or even later as the most likely time for a Fed rate increase.

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The 4-week moving average was 271 Rush Jamon Brown Jersey ,500, an increase of 5,500 from the previous week's revised average.

Meanwhile, the diving oil prices also weighed on market sentiment. Oil prices decreased to its lowest level in more than six years on Wednesday, with the U.S. oil settling at near 40 dollars a barrel.

Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 155.14 points Rush Rob Havenstein Jersey , or 0.89 percent, to 17,193.59. The S&P 500 lost 16.75 points, or 0.81 percent, to 2,062.86. The Nasdaq Composite Index shed 44.18 points Rush Tyler Higbee Jersey , or 0.88 percent, to 4,974.87.
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