Russia Expects Chinese President Xi Jinping to Attend BRICS Summit in Kazan

Russia expects Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the 2024 BRICS summit in Kazan, as the group expands with new members, highlighting its growing global influence and push for a multipolar world.

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Russia Expects Chinese President Xi Jinping to Attend BRICS Summit in Kazan

Russia Expects Chinese President Xi Jinping to Attend BRICS Summit in Kazan

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Russia anticipates Chinese President Xi Jinping's presence at the BRICS summit in the Russian city of Kazan in October 2024. Lavrov stated that this will be the main event in bilateral relations between Russia and China this year, with Russian President Vladimir Putin also expected to visit China.

The BRICS summit in Kazan will focus on promoting partnership in politics, security, economics, finance, and cultural and humanitarian ties. Russia took over the rotating presidency of the BRICS group of nations on January 1, 2024, and the central event of Russia's presidency will be the BRICS summit in Kazan.

The BRICS group currently includes ten states, with six new members - Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Ethiopia - joining in August 2023, while Argentina declined to join. An increasing number of nations, including Venezuela, Thailand, Senegal, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Bahrain, and Pakistan, have shown interest in joining the BRICS group of non-Western economies, with 25 countries expected to apply for membership during the Kazan summit.

Why this matters: The expansion of the BRICS group and the high-profile attendance of leaders like Xi Jinping at the Kazan summit highlight the growing influence and importance of this bloc of non-Western economies on the global stage. The summit's focus on partnership in various spheres emphasizes the group's aim to enhance cooperation and promote a multipolar world order.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov previously stated that a meeting between Putin and Xi Jinping is planned, but the exact dates are not yet determined. Lavrov's visit to China in April can be considered as part of the preparations for the leadership meeting between the two countries. Additionally, Chinese Parliament Speaker Zhao Leji is scheduled to visit Russia in July to participate in the BRICS parliamentary forum.

Key Takeaways

  • Russia to host BRICS summit in Kazan, Oct 2024; Xi Jinping expected to attend.
  • BRICS to focus on politics, security, economics, finance, culture, and humanitarian ties.
  • BRICS group expands to 10 members, with 6 new members joining in Aug 2023.
  • 25 countries expected to apply for BRICS membership during the Kazan summit.
  • Putin-Xi meeting planned, with Lavrov's China visit and Zhao Leji's Russia trip as preparations.