Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — collectively known as BRICS, a coalition of the world’s major emerging economies — held their 12th annual meeting on Tuesday in a teleconference hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic and counterterrorism strategy were top items on the agenda.
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that each of the BRICS nations will specialize in a different field of counterterrorism, “with Russia in charge of countering foreign terrorist militants and China focusing on radicalisation,” according to the Russian embassy in Beijing. Terrorist financing is also a major point of concern for the group.
The meeting is expected to produce the first official counterterrorism strategy document for BRICS as a group, a significant step given that the five-member nations account for “about 23 percent of the world’s economy and 43 percent of its population.”
The Russians additionally said