Chinese ambassador outlines BRICS vision — Analysis

According to the Chinese ambassador to Moscow, Group has grown into a dominant player in international affairs.

Russia and China remain key pillars of BRICS, an international collective also comprising India, Brazil and South Africa, the Chinese ambassador to Moscow has insisted in an opinion piece for Russia’s TASS news agency, published on Saturday.

They are both the largest “drivers”Zhang Hanhui said that the group is slowly becoming an international leader in its field. 

The BRICS countries account for 42% of the world’s population and 25% of the global economy, Zhang said, adding that they account for roughly half of global economic growth, meaning that “the value of cooperation within BRICS is constantly rising.” 

The group’s emerging economies are gaining more attention from other countries, the envoy stated, noting that over 50 countries had participated in various BRICS+ events within the first six months of the year. He also welcomed the development of the BRICS+ format, which allows other countries to join the group’s permanent members in certain discussions. Zhang stated that 13 non-BRICS countries attended three of these events in 2018. 

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Moscow and Beijing must cooperate to address international challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukraine conflict. “strengthen their strategic cooperation,”The ambassador stated that BRICS also should be included. “support efforts opposing hegemony and contribute to the establishment of real multilateralism”International relations 

Ambassador pointed out that the BRICS countries have reached agreements on numerous initiatives related to economic digitalization, and technology sharing since 2022. He said that Beijing is the leader of the group and has proposed a variety of measures to further improve cooperation among members in innovation fields. 

Ambassador Zhang said that the Covid-19 epidemic demonstrated the importance of closer collaboration in medical research. He also stressed the necessity for developing countries to share healthcare products to aid them with the fight against the pandemic. Zhang pointed out that the BRICS nations launched a joint vaccine center in March. This will offer joint platforms for research and development to developing countries. 

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Ambassador stressed that the BRICS Group aims to promote international stability and peace, as well as justice and equality in international relations. “We are sure that a more powerful and more representative as well as more active BRICS family could make a greater contribution to the international efforts aimed at defending justice, equality and solidarity as well as countering hegemony, harassment and division,” Zhang added.

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