Talk BRICS--"BRICS Plus" to further China-Latin America ties

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Added On September 2, 2017

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DATELINE: Sept. 1, 2017
LENGTH: 0:03:19
KEYWORD: Mexico|BRICS
 
The 9th BRICS summit is about to kick off in China's coastal city of Xiamen on Sunday.
 
It is widely expected this year's BRICS summit will usher in another decade of impressive development for the group.
 
CNC WORLD talked to a Mexican expert to get her view on BRICS..
 
SOUNDBITE(SPANISH): RAQUEL ISAMARA LEON DE LA ROSA, Researcher Professorof China Studies in the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla
"We are close to this meeting of the BRICS countries where, somehow before making this approach on Mexico’s participation in it, we must point out that we have arrived at a very interesting time internationally speaking, not only for the BRICS countries but also for other regions that are linked to these emerging economies and that somehow also have their impact on the international agenda."
 
The summit is drawing the world's attention as to how BRICS member nations will chart the bloc's future course amid challenges from global economic sluggishness, increased anti-globalization sentiments, and regional security issues.
 
SOUNDBITE(SPANISH): RAQUEL ISAMARA LEON DE LA ROSA, Researcher Professorof China Studies in the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla
"The meeting in September is not only to talk about cooperation between emerging economies, but also about this agenda we’ve been trying to build during the last two meetings or the last two BRICS forums. We’re not just talking about an impact on economic development, but also include other aspects such as being able to speak more formally and to raise the question of a proposal for governance, not only in the commercial area, but also in other areas at a global level. In BRICS, countries like China, besides being the host for the September meeting, play a very important role in this transition, since the beginning of BRICS in 2001 until now; of course the system today is different since the beginning of the forum, but we find that China has evolved not only at the domestic level, but also in its international status and I think this is a very important aspect."
 
BRICS is now considering expanding the bloc to include other economies, such as Mexico, South Korea and Indonesia, among others. The initiative, dubbed "BRICS Plus," will be discussed at the upcoming summit.
 
SOUNDBITE(SPANISH): RAQUEL ISAMARA LEON DE LA ROSA, Researcher Professorof China Studies in the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla
On the idea of the BRICS forum, the presence of the first and second Latin American economies, Brazil and Mexico, is a point of interest. It is worth mentioning that Brazil, despite the situation they are living socially, politically and economically, are still economic leaders and hold their position as an emerging economy within the BRICS forum. And somehow, they have offered a milestone when it comes to the relationship between China and Latin America in terms of promotion with other economies, mainly the South American ones in terms of cooperation schemes and not only economic, but also in other areas such as education, research and culture between these two regions: China and Latin America.
 
Building on its work over the past ten years, BRICS is expected to play an more important role in improving the world's future.
 
This year the BRICS group are inviting other countries to the summit to meet BRICS leaders for discussion.