BRICS Countries: Create A Better Future for Mankind
Chinese Ambassador to India H.E. Sun Weidong Publishes Article in Indian Media
1 July 2022
The ocean is vast when it can be inclusive for hundreds of rivers. Over the past 16 years, the BRICS cooperation mechanism has grasped the historic trend of openness and development, and embarked on a righteous course of mutual support and win-win cooperation. From June 22 to 24, President Xi Jinping virtually hosted the 14th BRICS Summit and the High-Level Dialogue on Global Development in Beijing, and delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum. President Xi Jinping tapped the gavel, marking the adoption of the Beijing Declaration at the BRICS Summit. And China released the Chair’s Statement of the High-level Dialogue on Global Development. The BRICS cooperation has reached a new milestone and made new contributions to a better future for mankind.
Today, peace and development remain the theme of our times. However, various security challenges keep emerging, world economic recovery is losing momentum, and global governance faces difficult choices. President Xi Jinping, with his deep reflection on and a strong sense of responsibility for the destiny of mankind, put forward the Global Security Initiative, advocating a vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. At the BRICS Summit, President Xi Jinping shared thoughts with leaders of BRICS partners including India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa, drawing a new grand blueprint for BRICS cooperation, and sending out a powerful message to the world calling for peace not war, development not regression, openness not isolation, solidarity not division, and cooperation not confrontation.
President Xi Jinping pointed out that development is a timeless theme for humanity. 18 emerging markets and developing countries actively participated in the High-level Dialogue on Global Development and were committed to jointly building a high-quality global development partnership, which demonstrated the strong vitality and attractiveness of the BRICS mechanism. BRICS countries should work together with emerging markets and developing countries to support the early implementation of the Global Development Initiative, and foster a development paradigm featuring benefits for all, balance, coordination, inclusiveness, win-win cooperation and common prosperity.
China and India are both large developing countries and important emerging markets, and have maintained close coordination and cooperation in a wide range of multilateral institutions and international fora including BRICS. Last year, India played an important role as the rotating Chair of BRICS. This year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 14th BRICS Summit, the High-level Dialogue on Global Development, the BRICS Business Forum and delivered remarks respectively, showing that India attaches great importance to BRICS cooperation and lends firm support to China’s Chairship. China highly appreciates India’s commitment and endeavor. Within the BRICS framework, China and India have conducted cooperation in multiple areas. The New Development Bank has established a regional office in India, which will provide financial support and cooperation opportunities for infrastructure development and sustainable development for India and regional countries. China, India, Russia and other BRICS countries strengthened cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and launched the BRICS Vaccine R&D Center, which demonstrated BRICS countries’ friendly bonds to come to each other’s assistance and pull together in these trying times. China and India are also working with other BRICS partners to advance practical cooperation in science and technology innovation, digital economy, people-to-people exchanges, and sustainable development.
As the tide of the millennium surges, it is time to set sail amid the rising wind. The BRICS countries should follow the trend of the times of peace and development, take bold action, and be a positive, stabilizing and constructive force in the world. Let us make united efforts to uphold fairness and justice, strengthen solidarity and cooperation, practice multilateralism and promote global development. We should further burnish BRICS’ credentials and work together with the emerging markets and developing countries towards the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind.