Beijing — Climate change, trade and terrorism these are just some of the key issues highlighted Monday, 19 June, at a Beijing meeting of foreign affairs officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, known collectively as the BRICS nations.
The five nations are seeking to further align their views on key issues at a time when President Donald Trump is withdrawing the US from multilateral arrangements such as the Paris climate accords and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says China in the coming year would look to "expand with more broad and wide-ranging cooperation in areas such as trade and commerce and investment."
Together the BRICS countries account for roughly 40 percent of the world population and 20 percent of the global economy. All five countries are members of the G20, although their economic prospects have declined somewhat amid crises in Brazil and South Africa and the effect of sanctions lodged against Russia by the West.
South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pointed to climate change as a major concern.
"There is one climate and for future generations we must employ every effort at our disposal to reverse the effects of climate change," says Nkoana-Mshabane.
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Nkoana-Mashabane also pointed to the need to form joint efforts to fight terrorism, sentiments reflected by Vijay Kumar Singh, an Indian External Affairs official.
"It is important to enhance BRICS security in counterterrorism matters," says Singh.
Leaders of the five nations are due to meet for a summit in the south eastern Chinese city of Xiamen in September.
Safety first and the risk of terror
But as chart below shows the number of completed, failed and foiled terrorist attacks and number of arrests in the EU in 2016 is cause for concern.
The US issued a travel advisory for Europe in May, with terror also being at the heart of the laptop travel ban.
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