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Xi emphasizes shared responsibility at BRICS Summit Release date: 2022-06-23

BRICS countries, as important emerging markets and major developing countries, need to act with a sense of responsibility to bring positive, stabilizing and constructive strength to the world, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

Xi made the remarks while chairing the 14th BRICS Summit via video link in Beijing. BRICS is a group of countries which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The summit, titled "Fostering High-quality Partnership and Ushering in a New Era of Global Development", comes as the world faces the continued spread of COVID-19, a tortuous world economic recovery and increasingly salient peace and security issues.

Facing formidable and complex circumstances, BRICS countries need to speak out for equity and justice and jointly encourage the international community to practice true multilateralism, Xi said.

He underlined the need to reject a Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation, oppose unilateral sanctions and abuse of sanctions and reject small circles built around hegemonism by forming one big family in a community with a shared future for mankind.

He called for enhancing international cooperation on COVID-19, pooling strength for economic recovery, stepping up macro policy coordination and keeping industrial and supply chains secure and unclogged.

While stressing the need to build an open world economy, Xi also emphasized the importance of forestalling and defusing major risks and challenges in global development and working for more inclusive and resilient economic growth.

"We need to advocate sustainable and people-centered development, invest more in poverty alleviation, food, education, health and so on, and promote the implementation of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to bring stronger, greener and healthier global development," he said.

Xi calls for fostering high-quality partnership

Xi called on BRICS countries to work together to foster a high-quality partnership and start a new journey of BRICS cooperation.

At this historical crossroads, BRICS shall not only look back at the journey behind and keep in mind why the BRICS mechanism was started, but also work together for a shared future, Xi said.

Xi calls on BRICS countries to safeguard world peace, tranquility

Xi noted that the shadows of Cold War mentality and power politics linger on in today's world.

Certain countries, in attempts to expand military alliances to pursue absolute security, have coerced others to pick sides and created confrontation, Xi said, adding that they ignored other countries' rights and interests while seeking supremacy.

"The world will become even more volatile and unstable if we allow the dangerous trend to continue," Xi said.

BRICS countries should support each other on issues concerning their respective core interests, practice true multilateralism, uphold justice, fairness and unity, and oppose hegemony, bullying and division, Xi said.

Xi said China is willing to work with BRICS members to promote the effective implementation of the Global Security Initiative to contribute to global stability.