In a letter sent to the four other BRICS leaders, President Xi Jinping called on the five countries to deepen their partnership in the coming year for a brighter future. “The BRICS cooperation, a model for cooperation among emerging markets and that among developing countries, has brought benefits to people of BRICS nations and made great contributions to boosting global economic growth, improving global governance and promoting the democratization of international relations,” Xi wrote to the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa. In the second decade of BRICS cooperation starting in 2017, BRICS nations will make greater progress in their cooperation and play a bigger role in international affairs, the Chinese President said. “Facing growing uncertainties and instabilities in the international situation, BRICS countries need to enhance solidarity and cooperation and safeguard common interests.”
The BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen, China in September will have four aspects: deepening pragmatic cooperation for common development; enhancing global governance to jointly counter challenges; carrying out people-to-people exchanges to consolidate public support for cooperation; and promoting mechanism-building to construct broader partnership. “In accordance with an open, inclusive and win-win BRICS spirit, China will work with other BRICS countries to make the Xiamen summit a success and move forward BRICS cooperation to a new level,” Xi said.