Huang Youyi: BRICS influence beyond five countries

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Huang Youyi, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and executive vice president of the Translators Association of China, responded to questions from China SCIO on the sidelines of the two-day BRICS seminar on governance on Aug. 17.

China SCIOUpdated: August 31, 2017
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"With improved cooperation, improved economy and shared solutions for fighting world challenges, BRICS will further expand its influence in the next decade," predicted a Chinese expert on Aug. 17. during a seminar in southeastern China.

Huang Youyi, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and executive vice president of the Translators Association of China, responds to questions on the sidelines of the two-day BRICS seminar on governance on Aug. 17. [Photo by Sun Tao/China SCIO]

Huang Youyi, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and executive vice president of the Translators Association of China, foresaw the growing impact of the association of emerging countries on the world stage during an interview on the sidelines of the BRICS Seminar on Governance that opened Aug. 17 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province.

"The actions of the BRICS members have a global impact rather than just being restricted to the five member countries," said Huang, pointing out that more countries were showing interest in the mechanism and would like to learn from each country's successful development models.

As many as 160 people from government agencies, business circle and the academia in the BRICS nations and over 10 countries outside the bloc joined the seminar to discuss good practices of domestic governance as well as new approaches to global governance, leading to openness, inclusiveness, mutual benefits and win-win output.

Earlier this year, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China would explore the expansion modalities for "BRICS Plus" and build a wider partnership by holding dialogues with other major developing countries and organizations, so as to turn BRICS into the world's most influential platform for South-South cooperation.

Currently, the BRICS group has five member countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - and potential new members such as Mexico, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The seminar in Quanzhou, in Huang's words, "fully reflects the BRICS spirit as well as China's position of common consultation and win-win resolution", with people from different parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America, coming together to exchange ideas and explore various options for governance suited to their own situation.

Explaining China's approach to domestic governance, Huang said that, after many trials and tribulations and more than 100 years of experience, only in the last decades had the nation managed to find a path suitable to its own conditions, namely, the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics, able to carry out reforms and meet various important goals.

This governance approach could provide a reference point for other countries with some adaptations to meet varying national conditions, he added.

Besides the domestic approach, China's global governance style has met with strong support, with its ideas like building a community of shared future for mankind, inclusive development and common consultation gaining popularity worldwide.

This, Huang argued, was proved by the sheer number of international participants in and outside the BRICS mechanism attending the Quanzhou seminar.

"The idea of 'BRICS Plus' does sound attractive," he added.

Before the organization, as expected, includes more members, he believed there would be all kinds of forums as well as annual meetings held under the BRICS mechanism involving the participation of more people outside of the five countries.

China will host the ninth BRICS annual summit in the southeastern coastal city of Xiamen, Fujian Province, from September 3 to 5, as the country takes the rotating chair of the influential bloc.