The five countries that make up the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – will meet next Thursday (23) in a videoconference chaired by the Chinese dictator , Xi Jinping. This time, the “Big Five” should discuss the accession of other countries, as Chinese spokesman Wang Wenbin said.
A meeting to prepare for the 14 The 2nd BRICS Summit took place on 19 May, followed by discussions with representatives from Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, from Thailand, Senegal and Nigeria. These are, therefore, possible candidates for new members of the group.
According to Wenbin, the Chinese objective through the expansion of the BRICS is to “inject more positive energy into a turbulent and challenging world”. and “encouraging the international community to take an interest in global development with practical actions”.
The Global Times, an English-language periodical under the responsibility of the Chinese Communist Party-controlled periodical, China Daily, justified that Xi Jinping’s intention is to build a counterbalance to the G7, the group of the richest countries in the world, and organize an “equitable global governance system, instead of a system dominated by American hegemony”.
At the BRICS Summit, China also intends to put on the agenda the decoupling of the international market from the dollar, as Wenbin said. there is may conflicts in Taiwan, such as the punishments suffered by Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine. The matter, however, instead of strengthening the BRICS, has faced differences between the countries of the grouping.
China has limitations
In the aligned newspaper with the Chinese dictatorship, China Daily, economist Chen Fengying assesses that the BRICS “must protect themselves against possible friction caused by different demands or conflicting interests among the participants”.
At the meeting of In May, the presence of differences between the countries was evident. Regarding the war in Ukraine, of the 14 participating countries, seven voted in favor of the UN resolutions, six abstained and Russia , naturally, voted against.
Another barrier to China’s imperialist intentions is the affinity of countries of the South with the priorities of the West. last meeting – Argentina, Indonesia and Senegal – were invited by the G7 to participate in the group’s meeting that will take place in Germany, in the next next day 26. These countries will hardly agree with the formation of an “anti-G7” front.
China’s individual fight with the G7
Through of the BRICS, China intends to reinforce the individual fight of the Asian country with the richest in the world. In May, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made an extensive statement to the group of seven richest countries. “The G7 makes absurd allegations, grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs, maliciously slanders and defames China,” Lijian said. He also urged the group to “safeguard true multilateralism”, stop “creating confrontations and chaos in the world”.
The episode came after the announcement of the G7’s concern about the selection process president of Hong Kong regarding fundamental freedoms in the former British colony.
In June of last year, the Group of Seven also questioned China about human rights in the Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to maintain a high degree of autonomy and stressed the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. In response, the Chinese embassy in London said it was firmly opposed to the proposal by the G7 countries. “They distorted the facts and exposed the sinister intentions of some countries like the United States”, pointed out the Chinese representatives.