News ID: 263902
Published: 1158 GMT January 04, 2020

China fully supports Russia's one-year chairmanship of BRICS

China fully supports Russia's one-year chairmanship of BRICS
ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK

China said it will fully support Russia to put forward its initiatives about the future of the association of the world's five major emerging economies (BRICS), as it took assumed the one-year chairmanship of the trade bloc.

Russia took over this year’s rotating presidency of BRICS on Monday. It is planning to hold the 12th BRICS summit in Saint Petersburg in July, Press TV reported.

“China will fully support the preparation work of Russia as the president, keep close cooperation with Russia and other BRICS countries and promote the full success of the Saint Petersburg meeting.” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

He said Beijing “is looking forward to new progress and fruits under the BRICS cooperation in 'the Year of Russia’.”

“China also expects the BRICS countries to play a greater role in jointly safeguarding world peace and development.”

Moscow is planning to carry out about 150 activities at various levels during its chairmanship.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the bloc will remain central for the member countries and will continue to protect the values of multilateralism.

The group, which also includes Brazil, India, and South Africa, collectively represent more than 40 percent of the world by population.

During the annual BRICS summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, criticized politically motivated protectionism at a time of a global slowdown.

They urged the world to keep markets open with fair and nondiscriminatory trade rules and vowed to stand up to the US "bullying" protectionism and unilateralism in the trade policies.

The US launched a trade war against China just over two years ago which has hit the global economy severely.

 

 

   
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Resource: Press TV
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