BRICS: A counterweight to western-led G7 group of leading democracies? | DW News

Leaders of the BRICS group of nations are meeting in Johannesburg. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are home to 40 percent of the world’s population. President Putin is not there, though. Russia is being represented by foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, since Mr. Putin is subject to an international arrest warrant for war crimes related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
BRICS leaders will discuss a possible expansion of the five-nation bloc. Some observers believe China is keen to develop a global counterweight to the western-led G7 group of leading democracies.

00:00 Putin not at BRICS summit due to Ukraine war
01:30 China pushes for BRICS expansion

Ali Wyne is a senior analyst, focusing on US-China relations for Eurasia Group’s Global Macro-Geopolitics practice. Professor Oliver Stunkel is a political analyst at the School of International Relations in São Paulo, Brazil.


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