1. Chinese President Xi Jinping to chair BRICS Summit in Xiamen, may project need for stronger partnerships

Chinese President Xi Jinping to chair BRICS Summit in Xiamen, may project need for stronger partnerships

Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair BRICS Summit in Xiamen in the country’s southeastern coastal Fujian Province from September 3 to 5 and is expected to pitch for building stronger partnerships within and beyond the five BRICS countries.

By: | Bejing | Updated: September 2, 2017 3:01 PM
BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, President Xi Jinping, Wang Yi, Narendra Modi, Xiamen, Egypt, Mexico, Tajikistan, Guinea and Thailand Chinese President Xi Jinping (Reuters)

Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair BRICS Summit in Xiamen in the country’s southeastern coastal Fujian Province from September 3 to 5 and is expected to pitch for building stronger partnerships within and beyond the five BRICS countries. BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — is recognized as an important force in global governance. Apart from opening ceremony of the BRICS business forum, President Xi will also chair the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries on mutually beneficial cooperation for common development and many other related events. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China expects outcomes in several areas, including strengthening economic and security cooperation, increasing cultural and people-to-people exchanges, enhancing institutional building, as well as promoting stronger partnerships with other emerging market countries and developing countries.

At the invitation of President Xi, Brazilian President Michel Temer is to pay a state visit to China from August 31 to September 5. During his stay in China, Temer will attend the BRICS summit and the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries. Also at the invitation of President Xi, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon is to pay a state visit to China from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, during which he will attend the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries in Xiamen.

The schedule of the BRICS summit:

1)BRICS Business Forum from Sept. 3 to 4, which will be the largest so far.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the forum and deliver a keynote speech. Xi will be reviewing the progress that BRICS countries have made in the past ten years and looking to the future. Leaders of some other countries will also address the forum.

2) The BRICS Xiamen Summit opens on Sept. 4.
Xi will chair a small meeting of BRICS leaders, discussing world economy, global governance, international and regional hotspot issues, and national security and development. A larger meeting will focus on deepening cooperation, promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges, as well as enhancing institutional building. The BRICS leaders will also attend the opening ceremony of the BRICS Cultural Festival and Photo Exhibition, a meeting of the BRICS Business Council and a signing ceremony, which will be followed by a welcome banquet hosted by Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, Xinhua reported.

3) Three Pillars
This time a new feature has been added to BRICS : Three pillars of economic cooperation, political and security cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang said.

4) Xi will chair the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries on Sept. 5, which will be attended by the leaders from the five BRICS countries, as well as the leaders of Egypt, Mexico, Tajikistan, Guinea and Thailand.

China has also held a media forum, film festival, traditional medicine meeting and young diplomats forum, to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of BRICS countries. “The leaders of the BRICS countries will continue to accumulate consensus on strengthening people-to-people exchanges during the upcoming BRICS Xiamen Summit,” Wang said. China held the 2017 BRICS Games in its southern city of Guangzhou in June, marking the first comprehensive multilateral sports and cultural exchanges under the framework of BRICS cooperation.

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