BRICS ready for closer ties, says Xi

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­

BRICS co­op­er­a­tion will usher in its sec­ond “golden decade” as long as the five mem­bers make joint ef­forts for closer ties with the spirit of open­ness, in­clu­sive­ness, co­op­er­a­tion and win-win, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Fri­day.

Xi made the re­marks while meet­ing at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing with heads of the del­e­ga­tions for the 7 th Meet­ing of BRICS High Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Se­cu­rity Is­sues. Dur­ing the two-day meet­ing, which ended on Fri­day, the five coun­tries — Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa reached con­sen­sus on many things, ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry.

South Africa’s Min­is­ter of State Se­cu­rity David Mahlobo, Min­is­ter Ser­gio Etchegoyen of the Of­fice of In­sti­tu­tional Se­cu­rity of the Pres­i­dency of Brazil, Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Sec­re­tary Niko­lai Pa­tru­shev of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Ajit Do­val of In­dia at­tended the meet­ing. State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi hosted it.

The pres­i­dent of­fered his con­grat­u­la­tions on the suc­cess of the meet­ing, say­ing it has made im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal prepa­ra­tion for the BRICS sum­mit to be held in Xi­a­men, Fu­jian prov­ince, from Septem­ber 3 to 5.

Given the com­mon wishes of BRICS peo­ples to boost ex­changes and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the five coun­tries should push for­ward eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tion, peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes and se­cu­rity co­or­di­na­tion at the same time, Xi said, adding that only through such ef­forts will BRICS co­op­er­a­tion last long and re­main sta­ble.

China calls for joint ef­forts

of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to push the global econ­omy onto the path of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, pro­mote eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion to de­velop in a fair, in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able di­rec­tion, and re­solve global is­sues in­clud­ing ter­ror­ism through de­vel­op­ment, Xi said. The BRICS coun­tries work to­gether for com­mon in­ter­ests and goals, he added.

Not­ing that BRICS co­op­er­a­tion has ex­isted for 10 years, Xi said the co­op­er­a­tion has crossed the long­est geo­graphic dis­tance of the world, crossed dif­fer­ent de­vel­op­ment paths and so­cial sys­tems, and gath­ered the five coun­tries’ res­o­lu­tion and moves to seek sta­bil­ity, de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment of peo­ple’s liveli­hood.

The en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion among BRICS mem­bers has not only main­tained and ex­panded the five coun­tries’ in­ter­ests, but has also pro­vided mean­ing­ful ex­plo­ration of the es­tab­lish­ment of a new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, Xi said.

The se­nior of­fi­cials of the BRICS coun­tries ex­tended their state lead­ers’ sin­cere wishes to the Chi­nese pres­i­dent. They ex­pressed the will­ing­ness of en­hanc­ing BRICS co­op­er­a­tion to deal with such chal­lenges as anti-glob­al­iza­tion and ter­ror­ism in eco­nomic and se­cu­rity ar­eas, and to ex­pand the in­flu­ence of BRICS coun­tries in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs.

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