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Vol 52 No 7

Published 1st April 2011

South Africa

Clubbing Beijing

South Africa formally enters the informal club of BRIC nations – Brazil, Russian, India and China – in April in Beijing. On 24 to 26 March, ten key policy analysts from each country met in the Chinese capital to set the agenda for the April meeting, sub-titled ‘Development, Cooperation and Experience-sharing’. China fixed the preparatory meeting’s agenda and delegates spoke on pre-arranged themes. One said the Chinese hope to make the debates in the new BRICS ‘as relevant, perhaps even more so’ than those of the G-7 group of rich nations.

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