A virtual meeting of BRICS+ foreign ministers was held on May 20 in which the ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) were joined by representatives from Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Thailand. Russia and China have decided that this is an opportune time to expand BRICS and challenge the domain of the G7 by including members from the G20. The convulsions in the international order, heightened by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the hardening of Western positions, are leading to the making of competitive plurilateral fora. Efforts to disrupt the G20 may not entirely succeed with Indonesia holding firm on inviting Russia, but the cracks in the G20 are looming. The strengthening of plurilateral bodies is now in fashion. China is challenging Western influence over countries and wants to use BRICS to that end. Established in 2006, BRIC graduated to a summit in 2009. Since India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) summits were held alongside, South Africa became a logical member of BRICS in 2011. China made it appear that it was the creator of the consensus to admit South Africa when India was the key force behind this decision. Now,… Read full this story
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