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Chinese Expert Pours Cold Water on Ethiopia’s BRICS Dream

Who will get into BRICS next? A file image of an attendant standing behing BRICS flags at a gathering in 2017. Wu Hong / AFP

In June, Ethiopia joined about twenty other emerging economies in applying to join the BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

As with South Africa’s late entry into the group, China’s support is a key determinant of success. However, this includes a complex weighing of priorities in Beijing, especially because so many countries are clamoring to get in.

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