WORLD Commentary: 'BRICS model' a fine example of true multilateralism


Commentary: 'BRICS model' a fine example of true multilateralism


12:25, September 11, 2021

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BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc and the international order is going through profound changes, the BRICS countries have reaffirmed the belief that effective and representative multilateralism is essential for building resilience against current and future global challenges.

BRICS is the acronym for an emerging-market bloc that groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The 13th BRICS summit was held via video link on Thursday.

Since its establishment, the BRICS mechanism has adhered to the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, which is an important practice of multilateralism.

As the 13th BRICS Summit New Delhi Declaration indicates, BRICS countries pledge their resolve towards strengthening and reforming the multilateral system. They also advocate the central role of the United Nations in the international system. The declaration reflects their common belief to promote a more inclusive, equitable and representative multipolar international system.

BRICS, representing more than 26 percent of the world's landmass, 42 percent of the global population and over 20 percent of the global gross domestic product, is in a good position to play a vital role in practicing multilateralism, especially when protectionism and unilateralism are rearing their ugly heads.

Facing these compounding challenges, BRICS has forged a "BRICS model" for multilateralism with extensive and in-depth cooperation. The five countries insist pursuing extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits instead of hegemony, bullying and zero-sum games.

China and other BRICS countries have all along been committed to enhancing intra-BRICS cooperation under the three pillars - political and security, economic and financial, as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

Over the past few years, China has made unremitting efforts to strengthen the unity among BRICS countries and actively expand the "BRICS Plus" cooperation model, among other things.

In its latest efforts to work with the rest of the world to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, China announced Thursday that it will donate 100 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries within the year. It is a concrete step for China to fulfill its pledge to make the vaccines a global public good, promote equitable distribution and boost global anti-epidemic efforts.

History teaches us that multilateralism, equity and justice can keep war and conflict at bay, while unilateralism and power politics will inflate dispute and confrontation.

The consensus and achievements reached by BRICS countries will help strengthen cohesion among member states, hasten post-pandemic economic recovery, and advance the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.

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