India blocks China from using BRICS event to utter anti-US message

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA — India attempts to thwart the President’s moves China Xi Jinping wants to use the BRICS summit as a means to counteract the global order United States of America.

An anonymous Indian official said Indian negotiators would ensure the joint statement to be released by the meeting was neutral.

In addition, the joint statement will also prevent China and Russia from using the meeting to gain propaganda against the US and its allies.

The BRICS summit will be attended by heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The host of the virtual meeting this time will be Beijing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will also try to delay China’s efforts to expand the BRICS grouping by setting criteria for admitting new members.

“BRICS has become a platform for discussing and negotiating issues of common interest to developing countries,” India’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Some of the agendas discussed at the meeting include cooperation in the areas of terrorism prevention, trade, health, traditional medicine and the environment.

The meeting will provide a way for Xi and Putin to broaden their vision of a global order, after the two leaders declared a borderless friendship just weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine.

China has established important diplomatic ties with Russia. China has also rejected US-imposed sanctions.

Xi is to deliver a speech on Wednesday, a day before the meeting of BRICS leaders. China’s foreign minister said Xi will hold an online dialogue on Friday, which would also include developing countries.

Brazil, Russia, India and China formed BRICS in 2009 and South Africa merged the following year.

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