This year’s SCO leaders’ summit is going to be “a new milestone in the history of the SCO” in the light of the accession of India and Pakistan, two South Asian rivals, to the prestigious SCO consortium last year, the first ever expansion since its inception in 2001 in Shanghai.
On September 5, 2017, when Xi met Modi at the Xiamen BRICS heads meeting, the confrontation on the China-India border had just been solved, and the emphasis of Xi’s speech at the time was China-India relations.
The Indian government has been attacking and questioning China on both old and new issues – the China-India boundary, Tibet, Taiwan, the South China Sea, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and UN Sanction Committee Resolution 1267 concerning Afghanistan and terrorism.
The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met in China coast city Xiamen early September.
The summit of the BRICS nations brings together five major new emerging economies, who are seeking a greater say in world affairs.
A number of overseas media, including many from non-BRICS countries, also keeps a close eye on the latest reports from the summit.
So, what aspects are they focusing on?
Then how do other developing countries make of the proposal? What opportunities does the BRICS Plus promise to them? To get some insight about these, China Today interviewed ambassadors of Iran, Georgia, Nepal, and South Sudan to China as well as two diplomats from Argentina and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.