BEIJING – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – or the BRICS countries – reinforced their commitment to free trade as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Top foreign affairs officials from BRICS nations expressed their support for free trade, the fight against climate change and a multilateral approach to tackling terror.
The ministers met at Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and agreed to cement their union in the face of global challenges, paving the way for the BRICS Leaders Summit in Xiamen (eastern China) in September this year.
The official statement released after the meeting said the bloc of five reiterated its support for more balanced economic globalization, rejected protectionism and renewed commitment to promoting world trade.
They also urged all countries to comply with the Paris climate accord – of which the United States recently announced it was pulling out – and called on developing countries for funding, technology and support for developing countries.
They also condemned all acts of terror and advocated dialogue to resolve international conflicts, such as in the case of Syria or the Korean peninsula crisis, with Washington having threatened unilateral action amid repeated weapons tests by the North Korean regime.
The BRICS ministers expressed their rejection of any unilateral military intervention or economic sanctions in violation of international law.
They also insisted on the need to reform the United Nations, seeking a greater role for Brazil, India and South Africa in the world body.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed the growing importance of BRICS and said its influence had risen in bodies including the World Bank, the UN, and the G20.
Increased cooperation between BRICS nations is crucial for greater international stability, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said at a subsequent press conference.