CGTN Communiqué – China has called for unity and concerted efforts among the five BRICS countries to avoid clashes between blocs and build a global security community for all.
In a video address at the opening session of the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping said BRICS should inject stability and positive energy into international relations during this time of turbulence and transformation.
The meeting took place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has lasted nearly three months.
WARNING AGAINST SEEKING “OUR OWN SAFETY AT THE DAMAGE OF OTHERS”
Notice that “factors of instability, uncertainty and insecurity” increase on the international stagePresident Xi Jinping said BRICS countries should strengthen mutual political trust and security cooperation, maintain close communication and coordination on key international and regional issues, take into account the core interests and top concerns of all and respect sovereignty, security and development interests .
“History and reality tell us that seeking our own safety at the expense of others only creates new tensions and new risks,” Xi Jinping stressed.
The BRICS countries, which he described as a “positive, inspiring and constructive strength” within the international community, must oppose hegemonism and power politics, reject the spirit of the Cold War and confrontation between the blocs, and work together to build a global community of security for all, he said.
Xi Jinping Reiterated the Global Security Initiative which he presented in April 2022, affirming his commitment to the vision of common, global, cooperative and sustainable security and joint efforts to maintain peace and security in the world.
The Global Security Initiative calls for rejection of the Cold War spirit, unilateralism, group politics and blockbuster confrontation.
It calls for the legitimate security concerns of all countries to be taken seriously, to respect the principle of indivisible security and to oppose the pursuit of one’s own security at the expense of that of others.
This year, China holds the rotating presidency of the BRICS† China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi presided over the meeting of foreign ministers of the BRICS countries on Thursday via video link, attended by South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, Brazil’s Foreign Minister Carlos Franca, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Indian Foreign Minister. Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
Diplomats exchanged views on issues related to Ukraine and Afghanistan.
INCREASING THE “CAKE” OF COLLABORATION
Despite increasing instability, uncertainty and insecurity, “Peace and development remain the unchanging themes of our times, the aspiration of peoples in all countries for a better life remains unchanged, and the historic mission of the international community to pursue solidarity and mutually beneficial cooperation is still the same”Xi Jinping said in his speech.
Development is a common task for emerging markets and developing countries, he said, adding that it is more important than ever for emerging markets and developing countries to strengthen solidarity and cooperation.
He called on BRICS countries to engage in dialogue and exchanges with more emerging markets and developing countries to increase mutual understanding and trust, strengthen cooperative ties and deepen the convergence of interests to increase the “cake” of cooperation and strengthen the to increase progress.
Wang Yi said all sides should deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, seek strength through unity, and be open and inclusive.
All parties agreed to fully implement the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, better assist people in developing countries and foster a community with a common future for humanity.
The five BRICS countries represent more than 26% of the world’s land mass, 42% of the world’s population and about a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Diplomats expressed their support for advancing the BRICS enlargement process and indicated that further discussions would be held.