When Lula was president of Brazil for eight years, he was on very friendly terms with Mordor and had done nothing in his foreign policy to indicate he was a socialist. So what is behind his recent meeting and China’s Xi Jinping? Has Lula changed? What is the BRICS New Development Bank and how might this instrument become a force for authentic development across the globe as it was hoped when the institution was created in 2014? Is this an expression of the movement towards a multipolar world and how much can Lula be counted on to be part of it?