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China to BRICS: Resist decoupling in face of unilateral hegemony

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, second right, attends the meeting of the BRICS foreign minister in New York, the United States, September 22, 2022. (Photo by Xinhua)

China has urged the BRICS countries to resist decoupling and technological barriers in the face of what has been termed the impact of power politics and unilateral hegemony.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the BRICS states should prioritize the issue of development at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly and inject impetus into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Wang made the remarks on Friday at the meeting of the BRICS foreign ministers in New York.

He said power politics and unilateral hegemony severely undermine multilateralism, and various forms of “pseudo-multilateralism” are becoming increasingly confusing.

Wang said the BRICS member states – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – should resist severing supply chains and creating barriers in science and technology, and work towards building an open-world economy so as to achieve stronger, greener, and healthier global development.

The Chinese diplomat urged the BRICS to focus on long-term development and practical needs, actively respond to the expectations of various parties, and steadily advance the process of BRICS membership expansion as more countries have expressed willingness to join the organization.

In addition to Iran and Argentina, which have officially applied for membership, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt have also signaled an intent, according to media reports. 

Feng Xingke, secretary general of the World Financial Forum and director of the Center for BRICS and Global Governance, says the role of BRICS “in global security has become much more apparent and important.” The BRICS countries, he says, need to continue “to practice genuine multilateralism to counter the pseudo-multilateralism of US-led small groupings.”

The BRICS nations have ramped up cooperation and put on display an intent to change the dollar-dominated financial system. Russia and China are leading the de-dollarization initiative to safeguard their interests.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the process to cut the dollar out of the world economy was “inevitable.”

Moscow fast-tracked de-dollarization when the US Treasury Department decided to confiscate Russia's foreign exchange reserves, after Putin ordered a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Ever since, Russia has been under harsh sanctions. In turn, Russia has downgraded or cut off gas supplies to Europe, triggering an energy crisis there.

All BRICS members have taken steps to de-dollarize and improve their autonomy in the global financial system.

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