national order, contribute to the construction of a multi-polar world, promote democratic international relations, as well as create a fair and just international order and system. BRICS is committed to establishing a community of shared future for humankind by contributing creative thoughts and plans towards the common prosperity of human society.
Under the global circumstances defined by, more than anything else, changes and snafus, the priority of all BRICS members is to maintain domestic stability and development, and thereby foster a wholesome international environment, and nudge the international order towards greater justice and fairness. BRICS is a fledging but promising mechanism, and BRICS cooperation reflects the shared wish of emerging economies as well as the new demands of international relations. It stands in sharp contrast to the Cold War mentality.
The BRICS countries have similar experiences in history, the same development status, and shared goals for the future. Following the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, and win-win results, their cooperation has shown great vitality, pressing ahead steadfastly.
Working for New International Relations
The year 2017 is another milestone in the development of BRICS. In its capacity as the rotating president, China will, together with the other four countries, usher BRICS cooperation into its second decade. To pursue greater success for this period, the group will, among other measures, strengthen the three cooperative pillars – political security, economy and finance, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges – open up more areas of cooperation, expand the “BRICS Plus” dialogue, and build extensive partnerships.
Politically, China stands by the principle of “dialogue rather than confrontation, and partnership rather than alliance,” espousing the policy of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness in developing relations with neighboring countries. It will work with other Asian countries to forge a community of a shared future, and conduct cooperation in various areas and at various levels to promote a confluence of interests. Upholding friendship and justice and pursuing the greater good, China will emphasize unity and cooperation with other developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, building a cooperative framework with all developing countries and regions and thereby elevating the cooperation between developing countries to a new level.
Economically, China will advance inclusive development. It already contributed to the world economy through its stabled, sustained growth in the “new normal” stage. It helped set and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through its across-theboard participation in the negotiations and cooperation on a range of global issues under the UN framework.