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Does China Belong in BRICS?

As Xi Jinping arrives in South Africa for a summit meeting of the BRICS nations—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—Graham Allison suggests that grouping China together with the “RIBS” is misleading. From...

Xi Trip Highlights China’s Africa Influence

Xi Jinping’s first overseas tour as China’s president is set to commence this weekend. After a stop in Russia, President Xi will travel to Africa – a continent where Beijing’s influence is a subject of...

What if Xi Gave an Interview and No One Cared?

When newly crowned president Xi Jinping gave an interview to reporters from the five BRICS nations on Tuesday, some felt that the lonely highlight was his speculation about a possible heir to Paul the prophetic octopus at next...

China Focus Comes at a Cost for Germany

Following chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing last week, Judy Dempsey warns at The New York Times that Germany’s booming trade with China may be a double-edged sword: As the crisis drags down most European...

Ma Jun: “A Huge Step Forward” in Rio?

The final document that emerged from the Rio+20 Earth Summit prompted vocal disappointment from many quarters, with Jonathan Watts going as far as to compare the conference with a 1930s League of Nations assembly. From Watts and...

Trade Ties That Cut Out the West

Reuters reports on the annual meeting of the BRICS, which will be held on Hainan Island this week: If trade is the mortar holding together the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and the newcomer, South Africa — the omens would...

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