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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Second BRICS Sherpa Meeting Concludes Successfully

From 14 to 15 June, the second BRICS Sherpa meeting was held in Qingdao, Shandong Province. It was chaired by Li Baodong, Sherpa for BRICS affairs and Vice Foreign Minister of China, and attended by Sherpas and Sous-Sherpas of BRICS countries and representatives from the New Development Bank.

Participants to the meeting had a systematic review of the progress made by BRICS countries in the political field, security, economy, trade, finance, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, institutional building and other key cooperation areas. They focused and reached broad consensus on the expected outcomes of the Xiamen Summit, BRICS Leaders’ Informal Meeting in Hamburg and the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries, as well as preparations for the Meeting of National Security Advisers and the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

All participants agreed to continue to strengthen the BRICS partnership, deepen practical cooperation across the board, and jointly usher in the second “golden decade” of BRICS cooperation. The parties spoke highly of China’s leading role as BRICS Chair for this year and expressed their willingness to continue to fully back China’s effort and work together to make the Xiamen Summit a great success.

China will host the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian Province from 3 to 5 September. Held at a key moment of preparations, this Sherpa meeting is important in advancing the preparatory work in various fields,  particularly the Summit deliverables.