BRICS to play more significant role in development of mankind

2017-06-22 10:06Xinhua Editor: Gu Liping ECNS App Download

Standing at a historical point, BRICS countries have recently been busy paving the way to kick off their second decade in style.

Fresh off the BRICS Media Forum on June 8, which called for expanding media cooperation and enhancing public understanding among others, BRICS countries saw another gathering featuring their foreign ministers in Beijing Monday.

At the meeting, foreign ministers applauded the achievements BRICS countries have made together, reiterated their shared values in issues such as economic globalization, climate change, and anti-terrorism, and also looked forward to further cooperation among the countries.

Meeting with the delegation heads Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke highly of BRICS and its cooperation mechanism.

"The BRICS cooperation is an innovation, which transcends the old pattern of political and military alliances and pursues partnerships rather than alliances," Xi said.

"It surpasses the old mindset of zero-sum games and practices a new concept of mutual benefits and win-win cooperation," he continued.

He also said that the cooperation mechanism fitted the needs of the five nations as well as the historical trend.

The meeting laid the groundwork for the upcoming BRICS Summit in southeast China's Xiamen in September, and once again proved the countries' determination to promote international cooperation and push forward the development of mankind.

Economically, BRICS countries have indeed been rising to the occasion to take on more responsibilities. Currently, the economic aggregate of the countries accounts for 23 percent of the world, up from 12 percent 10 years ago, contributing more than 50 percent of global economic growth.

The total volume of trade and overseas investments of the countries takes up 16 percent and 12 percent of the world figures, up from 11 and 7 percent in 2006, respectively.

With increasing communications at grass-roots levels, the mechanism has largely benefited the residents of BRICS countries, and also offered a recipe for the world to address global issues.

The world has currently been tasked with challenges including security risks, Black Swan events, anti-globalization trends among others, which require global efforts to handle.

As a stabilizer in regional and international situations, BRICS has been working hard to gain a bigger say on the international stage.

On April 18, the BRICS countries aired their views on important global issues for the first time ever since establishment, as Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, made the countries' voices heard at a Security Council debate.

On behalf of BRICS countries, Liu called for financing for development to better implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as more international efforts in conflict prevention.

Apart from economic globalization, concepts including multi-polarization and the democratization of international relations have also been promoted by BRICS countries in recent years, in their attempt to accelerate reforms in the international order.

From economy to political security and cultural exchanges, a more comprehensive, wider and multi-layer cooperation mechanism has been formed.

As a firm supporter and participant in the BRICS mechanism, China has played a vital constructive part in it.

For instance, having attended the past four annual BRICS Summits, President Xi strategically guided a stronger BRICS cooperation mechanism, not least demonstrated by the BRICS spirits of openness, inclusion, cooperation, and win-win outcomes that he put forward in 2014.

Moreover, he called on the BRICS countries to establish partnerships in maintaining world peace, facilitating joint development, promoting multi-civilization, and improving the global economic governance in 2015.

As the host of this year's BRICS Summit, China will continue to consolidate and enrich the BRICS cooperation mechanism, and will look to expand the "BRICS+" form of dialogues and cooperations that features a wider range of partnerships.

All in all, nurturing the ever-growing "BRICS wisdom", BRICS countries are ready and set to play a more significant role in the development of mankind.


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