Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday denounced “the expansion of military alliances” in a speech before the opening of the virtual BRICS economic forum in Beijing on Wednesday. This was reported by state media.
The group of influential emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) accounts for more than 40 percent of the world’s population and nearly a quarter of the planet’s gross domestic product.
Three of the members, namely China, India and South Africa, abstained from voting on a UN resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Beijing and New Delhi have close ties with Moscow and are buying increasing amounts of oil from Russia.
“Humanity has known the scourge of the two world wars and the dark fog of the Cold War,” Xi Jinping was quoted by the Xinhua news agency as saying. The president stressed that “this painful history shows that confrontation between the influential blocs does not bring peace and security, but only war and conflict.” “The crisis in Ukraine is another warning sign for the world,” he stressed.
“Blind belief in power, expansion of military alliances and pursuit of security at the expense of other countries’ security inevitably lead to a security stalemate,” Xi said, apparently referring to NATO and the United States, referring to NATO and the United States. .
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