Tuesday, April 12, 2011

BRICS — new focus of China's “multilateral diplomacy”

Until recently, the BRIC grouping was seen by Chinese officials as a political concept that was of some symbolism, but devoid of substance — just the latest political acronym to be pencilled into an increasingly crowded diplomatic calendar.

Officials from India and South Africa said they were struck by China's accelerated interest in recent months in driving forward engagement through the BRICS mechanism. “There is no question that China is taking this far more seriously than we are,” an official said. “In some sense, for us, it's still just another acronym.”

IMO: Much currently on the WWW on this matter. If this is anything more than usual media hype, it could be quite encouraging, or at any rate interesting.

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