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Interview: Indian scholar optimistic about BRICS next golden decade

2017-09-09 14:07:27 (Beijing Time)         English.news.cn

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NEW DELHI, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- An Indian scholar has expressed his optimism about BRICS's next golden decade after the conclusion of the 9th summit of the five-nation bloc in Xiamen, China days ago.

BRICS groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Srikanth Kondapalli, professor of the East Asian Studies Center in Jawaharlal Nehru University, said the most eye-catching slogan of the BRICS summit was the bloc was entering the second golden decade.

"This is no mean achievement given the fast-changing international and regional dynamics, the grouping was relatively cohesive and had actually put across consistently alternative positions in the security, economy, people-to-people relations etc. ," said Kondapalli.

"The BRICS grouping tried to create a niche for itself at a time when de-globalising trends are catching up," the professor said.

" The BRICS calling for emerging markets and developing countries to be part of the BRICS conglomeration suggests that they wish to carve out a place in this field so that they can absorb the economic shocks, if any, in future," he added.

The professor said the most important message Chinese President Xi Jinping gave during the summit was how to counter the de-globalisation efforts of the western countries.

"In order to rejuvenate the Chinese nation, President Xi had suggested to the economic revival not just in China but also the emerging markets and developing countries," he said.

Kondapalli pointed out many of the Indian proposals before the Xiamen summit were fulfilled, citing the counter- terrorism issue as an example.

These were not only accepted in the Xiamen Declaration, but specific terrorist organisations were named, he added.

As with China and others, India has been suggesting that the economic integration, sound energy policies, coordination at the G-20, further strengthening of environmental policies be made, he said.

The professor stressed that while many suggestions were made at the BRICS meeting in Xiamen, their implementation has been left to the individual countries and their respective domestic systems.