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The United States and Brazil have maintained good political and military relations throughout their history. With a population of 201 million (fifth largest in the world), a land mass slightly smaller than the United States, and a gross domestic product per capita of $8,240, Brazil is becoming a powerful nation. It belongs to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) bloc. The United States and China are its two major markets for imports and exports. Recently, Brazil discovered oil reserves off its coast, estimated to be in the top 10 in the world. Brazil’s increasingly influential global position has shifted its relations with the United States economically, politically, and militarily. U.S. president Barack Obama’s March 2011 visit and an April 2010 military agreement ...

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