During the BRICS Business Forum 2023, a prelude to the top-level meeting of heads of State, Xi reportedly expressed optimism that more nations want to join this mechanism formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
According to Xinhua, Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao read a speech by the president in which he advocated for more cooperation with other emerging markets and developing countries. “We will forge stronger BRICS strategic partnership, expand the BRICS Plus model, and advance membership expansion actively,” Xi stressed.
The president underscored Beijing’s commitment to global multipolarity, greater democracy in international relations, and a more just and equitable global order.
At another point, Xi urged to work with the group’s other leaders and discuss plans for BRICS’s solidarity and development in the new era.
“China stands ready to pursue Global Security Initiatives with all others, have dialogue and oppose confrontation, forge partnerships but not alliances, and pursue win-win outcome,” he added.
According to the South African Government, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, and Vietnam have officially expressed their desire to join the BRICS.
Xi Jinping and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, will co-host the China-Africa Leaders’ Roundtable on August 24 as part of the BRICS Plus Dialogue, which includes countries from the Global South and the African continent.