‘India, China discord among issues that could capsize BRICS’, reports Chinese media

In regards to shared interests, "competition and disagreement between the BRICS nations have been an impediment", said the article titled 'BRICS need to address challenges to strengthen ties'.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published: October 21, 2016 3:10 pm
india, china, brics, india china brics, india pakistan brics, brics relations, india china politics, world news Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma at the press statement during BRICS Summit in Benaulim, Goa on Sunday. (Source: PTI Photo)

India-China differences and their discord over Pakistan are among differences in the BRICS that could “capsize” the grouping if the member nations fail to address competition and disagreements among them, Chinese media said today. BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations, “while achieving substantial benefits through their joint efforts, must also face up to the divergence in their interests, which has given rise to concerns that the group is losing its shine”, an article in state-run Global Times on the Goa BRICS summit said.

“Territorial disputes between China and India have been an obstinate disease between the two sides. Additionally, some Indians believe that China supports Pakistan, which is viewed as tantamount to supporting terrorism,” it said. “It has been argued that the BRICS members face three key issues: the lack of a solid foundation for shared interests, a weak cooperation mechanism and external pressures. If the member countries aren’t careful enough, they might capsize while sailing around the world,” the article said.

In regards to shared interests, “competition and disagreement between the BRICS nations have been an impediment”, said the article titled ‘BRICS need to address challenges to strengthen ties’ written by a think-tank from Renmin University.

“The five emerging countries all value exports and foreign investment, resulting in inevitable collisions and friction as they compete for resources, market footholds and foreign investment inflows,” it said. Accusing India, Brazil and South of Africa “sending signals of trade protectionism”, it said the three “often seek to launch anti-dumping probes against China”.

“India and Brazil have been among the countries that have implemented the biggest number of protectionist measures against China,” it said. Yet another impeding factor is the divergent political and economic pursuits among BRICS states, it said.

Brazil and South Africa hope that cooperation within BRICS will boost their regional influence both politically and economically, while Russia cares more about the BRICS’ political and strategic importance, it said. “The second risk that BRICS faces is an insufficient cooperation mechanism. In addition to the recently concluded eighth annual BRICS summit in Goa, many ministerial meetings are held annually.

“However, the grouping of BRICS remains a loose union lacking stability. There is yet to be any institutions such as a secretariat or any guidelines and procedures designed for BRICS cooperation,” it said. “Ever since the launch of BRICS, Western countries have never ceased courting or alienating individual BRICS countries or elbowing them out from participating in the global governance.

“India has always been a target for the US to contain BRICS members within the club of emerging powers. By launching the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Trade in Services Agreement, the US aims to isolate BRICS countries, putting more pressure on developing countries,” it said.

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  1. R
    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:14 am
    PoK adn Balochistan need to be independent before CPEC is feasible.
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      Bihari Krishna
      Oct 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm
      India seems like a common denominator in all the international groupings that have failed to make any headway:SAARC, BIMSTEC, BBIN, now BRICS. Besides, she hersefl remains where she was seventy years ago at the time of independence: two thirds of her potion remaining "impoverished and dispossessed".Almost all her SAARC neighborus have sprinted towards China, Bangaldesh being the latest with $25 billion Chinese money in grant and loan. She must stop pretending like a major power when most of her people toil in abject poverty. As recommended by her Niti Ayog, she must work in close cooperation and collaboration with China. This is her only option. About stan, solve Kashmir problem. It is in India's court too. You cannot control a state on the force of your guns all the time. In today's world no country behaves like that. Learn from UK's Scotland referendum about two years ago. There was not even a murmur on UK's part when they allowed Scotland to hold referendum.
      1. D
        Deeply Concerned
        Oct 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm
        Well BRICS on Modi's stupid foreign policy was expected, but total diregard for India's concerns on terrorism by Xi is surprising. Having openly supported Pak terrorists, China should stop doing business with India. But then there are news that Gujarat CM is woooooooing Chinese investments inspite of China's atude. This is Gujarat model for rest of India to follow so that what was joined together as India by Indian National Congress, will be broken into pieces by BJP and RSS
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          Kishor Sharma
          Oct 22, 2016 at 9:16 am
          Shame on you..DC... at least here you can show some unity for country... if ur a ..its ok...if ur a Congy.. no surprise... a minority secularist..expected..
          1. S
            Sankaran Krishnan
            Oct 22, 2016 at 10:17 am
            It is up to Chinese to change their atude towards India and that of BRICS if they value the friendship and also trust them wheartedly. None of the countries will accept the selfish atude of China supporting the Terror Nation stan and if China understands and act accordingly they can also prosperous and if not slowly they will also be sidelined as is being done with stan !!!
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