Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are in Brasilia. They want to strengthen economic and security ties. But it's hard to find common ground at a time when multilateralism itself has taken a hit
The BRICS nations are in agreement on one thing — their increasing opposition to the US. Yet they have developed in different ways and at times pursue divergent interests.
China is the world's second-largest economy and is fast catching up on the US amid a trade war, while Russia is, well, still Russia. So, as the BRICS meet up, we ask what is the point of this oddly divergent group.
India is playing catch-up in Africa compared to China. At the moment, the trade mainly resolves around oil. But with much in common, India is looking to deepen the relationship with African countries.
Xi Jinping has claimed "bullying" tactics have eroded international trade and investment. Vladimir Putin said international growth has been in decline for almost two years.
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