Wang Yi: BRICS Should Unswervingly Promote BRICS Cooperation

On September 21, 2017 local time, while attending the meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the BRICS Countries are important mechanisms for cooperation between emerging markets and developing countries and to strengthen cooperation within the five countries brings not only quantity accumulation but also qualitative change.

Wang Yi pointed out that the current top priority is to ensure the follow-up implementation of the outcomes of the BRICS Xiamen Summit. BRICS cooperation this year is very fruitful with a number of highlights, through which more than 60 cooperation documents have been signed. We should turn the political consensus of the leaders into practical actions by continuing to work toward the goal of connectivity in trade and investment, currency and finance, infrastructure, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges so as to constantly promote the vision and roadmap of the second "Golden Decade" of BRICS cooperation.

Wang Yi expressed that this year, the BRIC countries jointly push forward new breakthroughs in practical economic cooperation and new progress in political and security cooperation. People-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation have become a new pillar and the "three-wheel drive" cooperation framework of economy, politics and people-to-people and cultural engagement has been established. It is required to firmly focus on the main line of practical cooperation, promote cooperation in various fields for new progress and constantly enrich the connotation of BRICS strategic partnerships.

Wang Yi stressed that the "BRICS Plus" pattern is a major innovation based on the beneficial practice so far summarized by the five countries, which wins the recognition of the international community, especially of developing countries. We are committed to building an open, stable and diversified partnership and promoting interconnected development of emerging markets and developing countries. South Africa, as the presidency of BRICS next year, is expected to continue the dialogue with emerging markets and developing countries and continue expanding the influence of BRICS countries.

Wang Yi said that over the past 10 years, BRICS cooperation has made brilliant achievements. And in the next 10 years, BRICS cooperation promises a broad prospect. We should actively support South Africa in taking the presidency of BRICS next year, deepen cooperation while tackling challenges with joint efforts and support each other while achieving common development. We are determined to lead 3 billion people of BRICS towards the golden path of happiness and well-being and help 7 billion people of the whole world move towards a better future of peaceful development.

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