Journey might be Xi’s second abroad go to of 2023 and comes as China makes an attempt to increase its geopolitical affect.
China’s President Xi Jinping will attend the summit of BRICS leaders in South Africa as he makes a state go to to the nation subsequent week.
“On the invitation of President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, President Xi Jinping will attend the fifteenth BRICS Summit to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and pay a state go to to South Africa from August 21 to 24,” international ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying mentioned in an internet assertion.
The go to might be Xi’s second worldwide journey of 2023, after he travelled to Russia in March. The Chinese language president beforehand visited South Africa in 2018 as he sought to boost his nation’s diplomatic and financial ties in Africa.
The 5 BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet in Johannesburg subsequent week to debate the right way to flip a unfastened membership of countries accounting for 1 / 4 of the worldwide economic system right into a geopolitical drive that may problem the developed world’s dominance.
A complete of 69 nations have been invited to the summit in South Africa, together with all African states, and enlargement is anticipated to be excessive on the agenda. International locations together with Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and Ethiopia have proven curiosity in becoming a member of the group both formally or informally.
China, searching for to increase its geopolitical affect amid its ongoing rivalry with the USA, has mentioned it “welcomes extra like-minded companions to hitch the ‘BRICS household’ at an early date”.
Russia additionally helps enlargement, whereas Brazil has resisted, fearing it might undermine the group’s stature. India is on the fence.
The time period BRIC was first coined by a Goldman Sachs economist to explain the rise of Brazil, Russia, India and China in 2001. These nations had their first summit in 2009 in Russia, and when South Africa joined the next 12 months, the group grew to become generally known as BRICS.
BRICS nations account for greater than 40 % of the world’s inhabitants and about 26 % of the worldwide economic system.
Moreover attending the BRICS assembly, Xi may even cochair the China-Africa Leaders’ Dialogue along with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, the Chinese language international ministry mentioned.