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Exchange, cooperation links strengthened at BRICS Summit: Xi

Xiamen, Fujian province: People-to-people and cultural exchanges are set to be enhanced further as leaders of the five major emerging economies of Brazil, India, Russia, China and South Africa (BRICS) ended their ninth summit here yesterday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to reporters following the end of the ninth BRICS summit in Xiamen, Fujian province, China.

In his address to the summit, China's President Xi Jinping called for emerging markets and developing countries to advocate an open world economy, firmly support the multilateral trading regime, oppose protectionism, and rebalance economic globalisation to make it more inclusive and beneficial to all.

Addressing reporters following the close of the summit on Tuesday, President Xi said BRICS members had actively carried out cooperation among their legislatures, political parties, young people, think tanks and local regions.

"BRICS leaders support efforts to regularise and institutionalise people-to-people exchanges and cooperation to deepen mutual understanding and friendship among their people and make the idea of partnership more deeply rooted in people's hearts", Mr Xi said.

This year had seen flourishing people-to-people exchanges and cooperation among the member countries, he said.

Various events had been held, such as sporting meets, film and cultural festivals and a traditional medicine high-level conference.

Mr Xi said the BRICS member nations ought to continue promotion of people-to-people exchanges as amity between peoples holds the key to sound state-to-state relations.

He said the five countries were pleased to note that the important consensus as reached at the leadership level regarding closer people-to-people exchanges is being translated into reality.

Drawing upon metaphor, he said only with care would the tree of friendship and cooperation grow luxuriant.

Enhancing exchanges among peoples and seeing the spirit of partnership embraced by all is a worthy cause that deserves enduring commitment, Mr Xi said.

A job well done in this regard would serve to keep BRICS cooperation vibrant.

Leaders attending the ninth BRICS summit also reached broad agreement on the international situation, global governance and BRICS cooperation, he said.

The summit adopted the BRICS Leaders' Xiamen Declaration which reaffirmed the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation.

It mapped out a new blueprint for strengthening partnerships and deepening practical cooperation in various areas.

Also held during the summit was the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries, at which leaders of Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, Tajikistan and Guinea joined their BRICS counterparts.

They agreed to forge broadly-based partnerships and step up implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to promote the common development of all nations.

Originally comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China, the BRIC grouping was formally established in 2006.

South Africa joined in 2010, with the group's acronym changed to BRICS accordingly.



By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update September 6, 2017)

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