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Brazil sent the admiral to the United States to demand the expansion of its continental territory, targeting the rich submerged region known as the Blue Amazon

Written by Bruno Teles
Published 17/06/2024 às 16:55
Brazil sent an admiral to the United States to demand the expansion of its continental territory, targeting the rich submerged region known as the Blue Amazon
Brazil took an audacious step by sending Fleet Admiral Marcos Sampaio Olsen to the United States. The objective is to participate in meetings of the Continental Shelf Limits Commission, in New York, to demand the increase of Brazilian territory. Image: CANVA/Disclosure

Brazil took an audacious step by sending Fleet Admiral Marcos Sampaio Olsen to the United States. The objective is to participate in meetings of the Continental Shelf Limits Commission, in New York, to demand the increase of Brazilian territory.

The area in question, the Rio Grande Rise, is a submerged region in the South Atlantic, rich in rare minerals such as cobalt, nickel and platinum, essential for modern technologies, such as batteries and solar panels. Currently, Brazil can explore this area only for scientific purposes. International recognition would allow commercial exploration, bringing billions of reais to the Brazilian economy.

This claim comes at a time of Brazil's growing investment in military anti-aircraft defense technology. Recently, the Brazilian Navy acquired a state-of-the-art radar capable of monitoring vessels up to 370 km from the coast, overcoming the limitations of conventional radars. This radar, called OTH 0100, places Brazil in a select group of countries with advanced ocean monitoring technology, along with China, Russia and the United States.

Brazil's maritime region in the Atlantic has been the scene of tensions in the past

From 1961 to 1963, Brazil and France almost went to war in what became known as the Lobster War, due to the illegal capture of lobsters by French vessels off the northeast coast of Brazil. Although the conflict was resolved peacefully, it was crucial for the definition of Brazilian maritime borders.

While Brazil seeks to expand its continental shelf, great powers such as France, which already has a history of conflicts with Brazil, may oppose this expansion. The expansion of Brazilian territory is seen with concern by nations that fear losing market and influence in the region.

The Continental Shelf Limits Commission has already approved the Brazilian claim to the Southern Region

It is now analyzing the proposal for the Equatorial Margin, with a decision expected later this year. Next, the claim for the Eastern Margin, where the Rio Grande Rise is located, will be evaluated.

Brazil's initiative to claim the expansion of its territory continental not only aims to increase its area rich in natural resources, but also strengthen its sovereignty and national security. This geopolitical movement demonstrates Brazil's growing influence on the international scene and its determination to protect and explore its natural resources in a sustainable and strategic way.

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