Wang Yi stresses the strategic importance of expanding BRICS to enhance global south unity

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasised the strategic significance of expanding BRICS, highlighting the move as crucial for strengthening unity among developing nations and reshaping global governance towards greater fairness and equity.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called for maximising the strategic impact of an expanded BRICS, often referred to as “greater BRICS,” to enhance cooperation and representation of the Global South in international affairs.

Speaking at various forums, including the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) sessions, Wang Yi underscored the vital role BRICS can play in promoting a more just and equitable global governance system​ .

BRICS, originally comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, recently expanded to include six new members: Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. This expansion, finalised at the Johannesburg Summit in 2023, marks a significant milestone, reflecting the rising influence of the Global South in the global economic and political landscape​​.

Wang Yi emphasised that the enlargement of BRICS is not merely about increasing the number of member states but also about amplifying the collective voice of developing nations. He highlighted that the expanded BRICS now encompasses more than 40% of the global population and accounts for over a quarter of the world economy, positioning it as a formidable bloc in international diplomacy and economic development​.

The strategic importance of “greater BRICS,” according to Wang Yi, lies in its potential to challenge existing power imbalances and advocate for the interests of the Global South.