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China: China Invites 5 Countries As Guests For BRICS Summit


China has invited Egypt, Guinea, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand as guest nations for the upcoming BRICS summit but clarified that the invitation is not an attempt to expand the group under its 'BRICS Plus'border.

China will host the BRICS summit in Xiamen city from September 3 to 5 in which leaders of the five nations will participate, inclunding Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We need to have some further explanation about the BRICS Plus to help people better understand the rationale of this idea," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing, addressing the media about BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit.

Mr Wang has been floating the 'BRICS Plus'border from March this year sparking speculation that Beijing is mooting the expansion of the emerging economies bloc.

Explaining the 'BRICS Plus'border, Mr Wang said the member nations have been inviting different nations during the annual summits of the group and referred to India's decision to invite leaders of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic) for last year's Goa summit in which Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are members.

Referring to the Goa summit, Mr Wang said Chinese President Xi Jinping as well attended the dialogue with BIMSTEC leaders and respected and supported the initiative of Prime Minister Modi.

"That dialogue was very effective," he said, replying to a question seeking explanation about China's 'BRICS Plus' concept whether it has support of all other members as the group takes decisions on consensus.

Mr Wang as well referred to Russia, Brazil and South Africa inviting their neighbouring nations at the same time as they hosted the BRICS summits.

"So actually this has been a practice that we have for number of years and this time, inspired by the experiences of previous BRICS leaders conference, we have invited some nations for dialogue," he said, referring to the invitation to the five nations.

"Our practice is little bit different, we are not just inviting nations in our neighbourhood, but as well nations from all around the world that are interested in BRICS mechanism, all five nations have been invited," he said.

"I want to stress that this is the arrangement for this year, doesn't mean that these five nations will always will be invited to BRICS meetings in next," he said.

China's invitation to the five nations has been supported by the leaders of the four other nations inclunding India, Mr Wang said.

"We have given a name to this practice of inviting non- BRICS nations, that is BRICS Plus, but as to how a lot of nations that are going to be invited as Plus nations, it is not a fixed number," he said.

The guest nations will be decided by the host country, he said adding that BRICS Plus acts with the aim and purpose of the dialogue which is consistent.

"We want to broaden the discussion to non-BRICS nations as well. I am confident that the dialogue this year will as well be a success and as well help expand BRICS influence. This is not only consistent with the interests of BRICS members but as well meets the common aspirations of emerging markets and developing nations," Mr Wang said.

He as well sought to allay concerns that only India and China have been registering faster increase in the BRICS bloc while the economies of Russia, Brazil and South Africa remained sluggish.

"The five BRICS nations have maintained economic increase to different degrees. You mentioned that China and India are growing relatively faster than the rest three nations. They actually have recovered increase and enjoy a bright prospect," Mr Wang said.

Their recovery is no easy succcess as the world economic recovery is sluggish, the impact of the international financial crisis is still lingering.

"The five BRICS nations enjoy bright prospects of development," he said.

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