Chinese FM pledges more coordination for BRICS summit

Beijing, Feb 20 (IANS) China will increase coordination with BRICS members to prepare for the summit of the bloc’s leaders, a top official said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks during a meeting with his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Sunday in Beijing, the People’s Daily reported.

The summit, to be held in Xiamen city in September, will not only contribute to the common development of BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa — countries, but also promote more inclusive and balanced economic growth, allowing the BRICS mechanism to play its role of rebalancing globalisation, Wang said.

Wang also lauded the close ties between China and South Africa, featuring “profound” political mutual trust and “fruitful results” of mutually-beneficial cooperation.

The two countries will also hold the first meeting of the China-South Africa High-Level People-to-People Exchange Mechanism, according to Wang.