China moots BRICS Plus; Rules out military alliance

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commended China's leadership of BRICS over the past year, saying the grouping that began taking shape more than 10 years ago is now coming into its prime.

BRICS member-states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are considering the possibility of creating a rating agency, Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said at the meeting of BRICS finance ministers and central banks' heads in Shanghai on Monday.

"It is natural for them to exchange opinions on worldwide situations including some regional hot spot issues and coordinate positions", Geng said.

In September, China will host the 9th BRICS Summit in the coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian Province.

Explaining the concept of "BRICKS Plus" expounded by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, he said it meant that the BRICS countries should further enhance the interactions, dialogue and cooperation with other developing countries and emerging markets and make the cooperation among the BRICS countries better reflect the common positions and collective will of the developing countries.

Chinese officials said Beijing, however, is unlikely to invite Pakistan keeping up with the sensitivities of India, a leading member of the BRICS group.

"BRICS countries have always been [unified by] a spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, and there has never been any intention of forming cliques or political or military alliances, to target, slander, challenge, or replace anyone, and [the bloc] stands ready to work with all countries for a community of shared future", Geng said.

The ministers highly valued the 2nd BRICS Counter-Terrorism Working Group Meeting held in Beijing last May 18, calling to expedite the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UN General Assembly.

"Everyone agrees that terrorism is common enemy of mankind".

"On behalf of India, I pointed out that terrorism remains the most potent global menace and threatens global peace", Singh said at a press conference afterwards.

Wang said BRICS countries believe terrorism in all its forms and manifestations must be condemned and actions must be taken to prevent it from spreading and stop from harming countries.

But Beijing has repeatedly rejected New Delhi's resolution at the United Nations to declare an global terrorist Pakistani militant leader, who India holds is the mastermind of Pathankot attack, saying there is not much evidence to prove his involvement.

"The Ministers deplore the continued terrorist attacks, including in some BRICS countries".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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