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  • 09 June, 2021

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BRICS Joint Statement on Multilateralism

The BRICS Foreign Ministers, at a virtual meet last week, put out a joint statement on multilateralism, in addition to the usual Ministers’ press statement.

  • China’s Foreign Ministry on Monday said the idea behind the statement was to forge a common understanding among the BRICS countries when there were “so many different interpretations and definitions of multilateralism in the world”.
  • Ironically, among the targets of Beijing’s recent attacks on what it calls “selective multilateralism” is the India-Australia-Japan-U.S. Quad grouping, which Chinese officials have repeatedly criticised.
  • India, which is the BRICS chair this year and will host this year’s leaders summit, which may also take place virtually, finds itself in a curious position of being described by Beijing as both a partner and a target in its recent emphasis on the importance of “multilateralism” and its criticism of calls for a “rules-based order”, voiced not only by the U.S. but also by the Quad.

The BRICS Joint Statement on Strengthening and Reforming the Multilateral System laid out the following principles:

  • First, it should make global governance more inclusive, representative and participatory to facilitate greater and more meaningful participation of developing and least developed countries.
  • Second, it should be based on inclusive consultation and collaboration for the benefit of all.
  • Third, it should make multilateral organisations more responsive, action-oriented and solution-oriented based on the norms and principles of international law and the spirit of mutual respect, justice, equality, mutual beneficial cooperation.
  • Fourth, it should use innovative and inclusive solutions, including digital and technological tools.
  • Fifth, it should strengthen capacities of individual States and international organizations.
  • Sixth, it should promote people-centered international cooperation at the core.

Source: TH


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