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South Africa, China and Russia to Conduct Joint Naval Exercises

Russia, China and South Africa will conduct trilateral naval exercises in South African waters from 17-24 February. The three navies conducted similar exercises in 2019, and China-Russia exercises took place in the East China Sea in December. The exercises ...

South Africa’s Ruling ANC Party Calls For BRICS Expansion

South Africa's ruling African National Congress party said the government should use its position as chairman of the BRICS group to welcome new countries to the China-founded bloc. “The ANC and ANC-led government should support the expansion of BRICS by admitting ...

Algeria is the Latest Developing Country to Get in Line to Join the BRICS Group

The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially submitted its application this week to become a new member of the BRICS club. Algeria now joins a growing list of developing countries, including Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, that all want to join the Chinese-initiated group. ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: The United States To Re-launch B3W at Next Week’s G7 Conference

The United States will re-launch the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative at next week's G7 conference with a new program that aims to provide an alternative to Chinese infrastructure financing in the Global South. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan did not provide many details on the new ...

BRICS Summit Raises Questions About Shared Agenda

This week’s BRICS summit sets the stage for renewed wrangles around the bloc’s future role. The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will meet virtually on Thursday to discuss cooperation on issues like health cooperation and the post-pandemic recovery.  ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Top State Department Official Says China’s Debt Relief Offer to Sri Lanka is “Not Enough”

Another senior U.S. diplomat has accused China of not doing enough to resolve Sri Lanka’s debt renegotiation, a sign that the island’s financial crisis is increasingly being framed geopolitically.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief.”

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BRICS Members Back China’s Call to Expand the Bloc

Foreign Ministers from the five-nation BRICS group agreed to support China's call to expand the bloc for the first time in more than a decade when South Africa was added. Member states said in a joint statement after the meeting that they agreed in principle ...

Argentina Could Be Joining BRICS

?? Argentina could become a member of the BRICS group. Argentinian officials are joining a flurry of upcoming events with counterparts from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the bloc's five permanent members. Brazil and China reportedly support Buenos Aires joining the group. 

Russia Presses BRICS to Allow Payment Routes Around Sanctions

As Russia is being squeezed by Western sanctions, it is reaching out to its partners in the BRICS bloc (Brazil, India, China, and South Africa) to allow transactions in their local currencies and to integrate payment systems. This follows the move ...

Russia Shores Up BRICS Support on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (photo, second from left) met with ambassadors of the BRICS countries earlier this week to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting formed part of Moscow’s campaign to characterize the Western-led sanctions against Russia as unjust. The BRICS ...

BRICS Buck the Rest of the World in Firmly Opposing Russia’s War on Ukraine

In an odd alignment of diplomatic symmetry, the four non-Russian members of the BRICS group have all refused to join the global movement to condemn Russia for its assault on neighboring Ukraine. There's no evidence that any of these countries are coordinating their response with one another ...
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