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Wang Yi Attends the Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs

2019-07-27

On July 26, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Brazil. The meeting was chaired by Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo of Brazil, and attended by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia, Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor of South Africa and Minister of State Vijay Kumar Singh of India.

Wang Yi said, today’s world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century. The rise of emerging markets and developing countries represented by the BRICS countries has vigorously promoted the process of global multi-polarization. The BRICS cooperation is not an expedient measure of the five countries, but a strategic choice that focuses on common and long-term development. It is also the only way in line with the development trend of the times with great potential and bright prospects. No matter how the international situation changes, the direction of the BRICS cooperation must not change. Faced with the new situation and new challenges, the five countries should let their voices be heard, offer more solutions to pressing global issues and play a greater role in world affairs.

Wang Yi pointed out, unilateralism undermines international rules and challenges the international rule of law, which exacerbates the instability and uncertainty of the world. The BRICS countries must take the lead in safeguarding multilateralism, the international system with the United Nations as its core, the international order based on the international law, the multilateral trading system represented by the World Trade Organization, and the common interests and development space of emerging markets and developing countries.

Wang Yi noted, we should take the BRICS Summit in Brasilia as an opportunity to promote the “three-wheel drive” development of economy, trade and finance, political security, and people-to-people exchanges in a comprehensive and balanced way, continuously inject strong impetus into the BRICS cooperation and also blaze a new trail for inclusiveness, mutual learning and harmonious coexistence among different civilizations. We need to continue to integrate the interests of other emerging markets and developing countries through flexible and diverse ways such as “BRICS Plus”, and strive to achieve the multiplier effect of the influence of the BRICS cooperation.

The representatives of the five countries exchanged in-depth views on the current international situation, regional hotspot issues and the BRICS cooperation. They agreed to safeguard the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, defend multilateralism and free trade, oppose unilateralism and protectionism, strengthen global governance, and build a community with a shared future for all mankind. They agreed that regional hotspot issues should be resolved through dialogue and consultation. They agreed that the BRICS cooperation should be deepened to benefit the people of the five countries. The five countries agreed to remain vigilant against generalizing and abusing cybersecurity issues and expressed opposition to the use of cybersecurity to suppress the development of science and technology in other countries. They agreed to strive toward an open and non-discriminatory environment for the application of information technology. The representatives of the five countries spoke positively of the new progress of the BRICS cooperation and expressed their willingness to work together for positive outcomes of the BRICS Summit in November.

The main task of the meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs is to make preparations for the BRICS Summit in Brasilia in November this year. A press communique was issued after the meeting.

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