BRICS Bloc Welcomes Six Nations in a Bid to Reshape Global Order

The BRICS alliance, which originally consisted of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, made an unprecedented decision to expand its membership.

In a significant bid to revamp what they perceive as an obsolete global order, the group has welcomed six new nations: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Argentina, and the United Arab Emirates. This growth not only injects economic vigor into the bloc but hints at several oil titans’ gradual pivot away from the US and their aspirations to elevate their global stature.

Despite this growth, the group remains shadowed by inherent tensions. China and Russia envision BRICS as a counterbalance to the West; in contrast though some members, like Brazil and India, continue to foster strong relationships with western nations, pointing towards potential internal disparities in vision and strategy.

BRICS, which now constitutes about 40% of the global populace and a fourth of its GDP, embodies a myriad of ambitions and mutual interests, many of which stem from the notion that the west’s policies are rigged against their favour. For instance, Brazil championed Argentina’s cause, Russia and Iran unite against US-imposed sanctions, and Beijing’s closeness with Ethiopia aligns with South Africa’s aim to bolster Africa’s global voice.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, acknowledging BRICS’ escalating influence, reinforced the call to restructure key global entities like the UN Security Council and the IMF. However, the alliance’s internal contrasts and differing foreign policies pose challenges, especially when unanimous decisions are imperative.

The recent summit in South Africa was rife with debates, particularly about the pace and magnitude of the expansion. While China and Russia advocate for the bloc’s growth to challenge Western supremacy, nations like Brazil and India maintain amiable ties with the West, highlighting the group’s nuanced dynamics and future challenges.

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