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Published: 11:22, June 22, 2022 | Updated: 11:25, June 22, 2022
BRICS set to grow trade on improving relations
By Zhong Nan, Liu Zhihua in Beijing, and Xie Chuanjiao in Qingdao
Published:11:22, June 22, 2022 Updated:11:25, June 22, 2022 By Zhong Nan, Liu Zhihua in Beijing, and Xie Chuanjiao in Qingdao

Member countries will utilize summit to champion cause of developing world

An aircraft model from Brazil on show during an expo in Xiamen, Fujian province. (LIN SHANCHUAN / XINHUA)

China's foreign trade with other BRICS countries will continue to grow strongly this year as economic and trade cooperation among them will deepen, experts and business leaders said on Tuesday.

BRICS groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-all five being major emerging economies. Forged more than a decade ago, BRICS has achieved fruitful results in cooperation in economy, trade, politics, security, technological innovation, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

Experts said BRICS countries have great potential to deepen their trade cooperation given their strong industrial complementarity.

And they will likely seek to achieve that during this week's 14th BRICS Summit and two other related high-level events-the High-level Dialogue on Global Development and the BRICS Business Forum-which will run from Wednesday through Friday.

The summit and events will gather online the leaders of the world's five prominent emerging markets as well as leaders from some other developing countries.

On the one hand, emerging markets and developing countries are coping with an increasingly volatile world. On the other, they are expected to expand trade in agricultural products, energy and resources, high-tech, equipment manufacturing and modern services in the coming years, said Zheng Wei, a researcher with Shanghai-based China Outsourcing Institute, a research body operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce.

He said the vigorous development of digital economy also has provided a rare opportunity for the BRICS countries to accelerate growth.

As major players in the digital economy, China and India should work with other BRICS countries to strengthen cooperation in the digital industry, narrow the digital divide, and empower the transformation and upgrades of traditional industries with technological innovation, so as to support the high-quality development of the world's digital economy, Zheng said.

China's foreign trade with other BRICS countries soared by 12.1 percent year-on-year to 1.31 trillion yuan ($195.71 billion) in the first five months of this year, about 3.8 percentage points higher than the overall growth rate of China's foreign trade during the same period, according to information released by the General Administration of Customs on Tuesday.

Mechanical, electrical and labor-intensive products accounted for about 69.7 percent of the total value of China's exports to other BRICS economies between January and May, while energy, agricultural and mining products accounted for about 76.3 percent of the total value of China's imports from these countries, Customs data showed.

Signing free trade agreements, establishing common standards for products, optimizing trade procedures and removing market entry barriers will effectively boost the five countries' trade volume in the next stage, said Wei Xiaoquan, a researcher specializing in regional economic development at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

The BRICS countries should also seize the opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative, to jointly promote economic globalization, said Zhang Shaogang, vice-chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in Beijing.

Tracy Xie, president for China unit of Vale SA, the Brazilian mining giant, said: "As a long-term partner of China for almost half a century, we will continue to make our contribution in China's great journey to decarbonizing its iron and steel industry and achieving its dual carbon goals (peaking emissions by 2030 and achieving neutrality by 2060) through a portfolio of high-quality products and technological solutions. We look forward to transforming the future together with China."

Contact the writers at zhongnan@chinadaily.com.cn

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