China Supports Kazakhstan’s Bid to Join BRICS

Beijing has officially supported Kazakhstan’s application to join BRICS, a group of emerging economies founded by Brazil, Russia, India and China in 2009, which South Africa joined a year later. In January of this year, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the UAE were also admitted as full members.

The Anadolu Agency reports that Kazakhstan’s bid to join became known after a meeting between Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Xi Jinping last week. According to the Chinese leader, “China and Kazakhstan are walking side by side on the road to modernization.” Xi Jinping noted a great synergy between the two countries and said he supports the application.

During the meeting, the president of Kazakhstan also supported China’s initiative to “create a community [for the] common destiny of mankind,” expressing his country’s readiness to “constructively support” issues related to its realization.