Russian, Chinese Diplomatic Activity Around BRICS Summit Leaves Obama in the Dust

In the context of the July 15-16 BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be engaging in intense diplomatic activity in Brazil itself, during the summit, and then during pre- and post-summit state visits to other Ibero-American nations, during which economic, scientific and trade cooperation will be discussed.

Look at what’s planned:

On Friday, July 11, Putin will visit Cuba; the next day, he will be the guest of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, for a state visit. On the 14th, he will travel to Brazil for the final of the World Cup, before the July 15th start of the BRICS summit in Fortaleza. According to Prensa Latina, Putin has bilateral meetings scheduled with individual heads of state from the BRICS nations, as well as with other Ibero-American Presidents who will be attending the meetings on July 16 in Brasilia.

Xi Jinping also will be in Brazil for the World Cup final, then for the BRICS summit as well as an official state visit with President Dilma Rousseff. On July 16, he will participate in mini-summits with many Ibero-American Presidents from a variety of regional organizations, before departing for state visits to Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba.

There is a stunning array of meetings scheduled for July 16 in Brasilia, between the leaders of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and heads of state, or their representatives, from almost all the nations of Ibero-America and the Caribbean. Heads of state from the four-nation leadership “quartet” of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac)—Ecuador, Costa Rica, Cuba and one Caribbean government—the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) will all be in Brasilia on July 16, for post-summit meetings. One of the topics to be discussed with the Celac leaders is the creation of the China-Celac Forum, which will be officially founded in Beijing later this year.

In this, the U.S.’s purported “backyard,” the U.S. is excluded completely (as is Canada), courtesy of the British-controlled inhabitant of the White House, not to mention Canada’s loyalty to the Queen.

BRICS Nations Plan To Cooperate in Science and Technology

Last February, the first BRICS Science, Technology, and Innovation Ministerial Meeting was held in Cape Town, South Africa. The resulting Cape Town Declaration gave support to intensify cooperation among the BRIC nations, and identified a framework and general, thematic areas. These include water resources, geo-spatial technology and applications (data from Earth remote sensing satellites), and astronomy, which will undoubtedly be the focus of more attention than the politically correct “climate change,” and “new and renewable energy.”

At the February meeting, China’s Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang stressed that the BRICS nations should enhance dialogue, share best practices, and support young scientist exchanges and training programs. The declaration proposed that a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation be signed at next week’s Summit in Brazil.

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