By Michael Place
RIO DE JANEIRO， March 19 (Xinhua) -- Neymar has praised the impact of Brazil coach Tite on the team's fortunes， saying the former Corinthians boss has helped the five-time World Cup winners recover their "DNA".
Six months ago there were fears that Brazil could miss next year's World Cup in Russia as they languished in sixth place in the CONMEBOL South American qualifying standings.
But Tite has since led the Selecao to six straight victories after taking over from Dunga following the team's group-stage elimination from the Copa America in June.
The winning sequence has seen Brazil jump to the top of the CONMEBOL standings and Tite's team will be guaranteed of a berth in Russia if they beat Uruguay in Montevideo on Thursday.
"The difference is the confidence of the team，" Neymar told TV Globo on Sunday. "Our confidence has grown a lot under Tite， who deserves a lot of credit.
"We have always had a good team. But we didn't click. We have been able to show our Brazilian DNA and Tite's influence has helped the team a lot."
Neymar also spoke of his relationship with Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and explained why he took the late penalty against Paris Saint-Germain that helped the Catalan club pull off the biggest comeback in Champions League history on March 8.
"I grabbed the ball for Messi [to take the penalty] and he said， 'No， you take it'，" Neymar said. "We have a good relationship. There is no jealously， or desire to always score the winning goal."
Neymar added that he was wary of adulation following his influential performance against Paris Saint-Germain， which included two goals and an assist in the final minutes.
"Whatever I do is not enough for a lot of people so I don't get too excited，" Neymar said. "Football is a box of surprises and things can change quickly."
Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st L) Cheap Adidas Originals Superstar 80s Metal Toe Shoes Gold Foil , and visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May, have an afternoon tea in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 1, 2018. (XinhuaDing Lin)
by Xinhua writers Jin Jing, Gu Zhenqiu
LONDON, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May's first official visit to China has affirmed that both countries will seek stronger partnership in free trade and in tackling global challenges, sending a vital message of upholding openness and unity in a fractured world.
May's three-day trip, which ends on Friday, came at a time of rising populism, nationalism and protectionism across the globe. The world needs a clearer compass to guide its path forward.
At last week's annual World Economic Forum gathering in the snowy Swiss town of Davos, U.S. President Donald Trump chanted again about putting "America First."
For most nations, that means more protectionist measures against its trading partners. Free traders worldwide are deeply concerned.
Across the Atlantic, if Brexit is dealt with properly, a "Global Britain" may turn out to be a more open player, looking beyond traditional partners like the European Union and the United States and forging a profoundly new partnership with China in the interests of both.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, while meeting with May in Beijing, called on the two sides to forge an enhanced version of the "Golden Era" for bilateral ties.
May, on her part, said Britain is a defender of free trade and is ready to cooperate with China on multiple fronts and intensify coordination on major global and regional issues.
"Golden fruits" are already in sight with a dozen deals worth about 9 billion pounds (about 12.8 billion U.S. dollars) signed in such areas as Belt and Road cooperation, finance, innovation, agriculture and technology during May's trip.
In a major outcome, China Development Bank and Standard Chartered Bank inked a deal worth 10 billion yuan (about 1.6 billion dollars) to facilitate projects under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.
The message is clear. In the face of a worrying rise in protectionism, China and Britain, two of world's major economies, remain at the forefront of safeguarding openness and free trade.
The China-Britain relationship has been considered an exemplar for China-West ties in terms of putting aside differences and seeking the largest possible common ground. And the two countries have even more to explore and achieve.
They can make more efforts to dovetail strategies, enhance cooperation in the areas of finance, nuclear energy and investment, and explore cooperation in new areas such as artificial intelligence, green energy, the digital economy and sharing economy.
China and Britain, which stands at the far western end of the ancient Silk Road routes, can enjoy broader, deeper and higher-level cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, with even more open attitude from the British side.
The open, transparent, inclusive and mutually beneficial initiative serves to further enhance global connectivity and offers greater possibilities. The China-Britain freight express train is just a telling example.
In a world that needs stronger confidence to dispel the dark clouds of protectionist concerns, May's China visit is one precious ray of sunshine.
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