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China Isn’t Really Sure What It Wants to Do With the BRICS, Says Top Russian Analyst

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the China-Africa Leaders' Roundtable Dialogue on the last day of the 2023 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on August 24, 2023. ALET PRETORIUS / POOL / AFP

Yaroslav Lissovolik, a former senior IMF official and ex-chief economist at Deutsche Bank, visited Beijing last month, where he met with senior Chinese corporate, government, and academic leaders to get a pulse on key geopolitical issues.

The well-known Russian analyst, who now runs an economic consultancy focused on countries in the BRICS group, posted some fascinating reflections on his conversations in China that also included a few interesting insights on Beijing’s approach to the BRICS:

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