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The just-concluded ninth Brics summit in Xiamen, China, had attracted more than the usual attention because of the preceding month-and-a-half tense standoff between India and China at Doklam, and the sixth nuclear test conducted by North Korea coinciding with its start.

 
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And it isn’t looking good. We have been spectacularly and, frankly unexpectedly, reprimanded at this week’s BRICS summit. Long time ally, and current cash cow, China was playing host.

 
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A unanimous parliamentary resolution in Islamabad on August 30, which denounced United States President Donald Trump’s “complete disregard for Pakistan’s vast sacrifices” in counter-terror efforts and called on the government to consider suspending cooperation with the US, possibly defined the new contours of ties with Washington.

 

In Pakistan, it is October 1990 again. Islamabad and Washington have parted ways and there is a huge gap in perception and strategy on how Afghanistan as a state and society is to be resettled. 

 

In a diplomatic breakthrough, the Xiamen Brics declaration has condemned terrorism in all its forms, and named Pakistan-based terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammed and the Haqqani Network.

 

For more than two decades, building a multipolar world has been one of the central themes of India’s foreign policy. For nearly a decade, the BRICS, the forum that brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has been the main forum for the pursuit of that objective. But China’s rapid rise has compelled India to rethink the virtues of a multipolar world.

 
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Pakistan is still fashioning its response to the shock delivered by US President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan policy. Pre-election, Trump had promised a break from US military engagement abroad.

 
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The continuing failure of the Myanmar government to act decisively and urgently to protect civilians from the raging crossfire between the security forces and insurgents is shocking.

 

The 9th Brics Summit will be held in Xiamen, China, on September 4 and 5. I consider it important in this regard to present Russia’s approaches to cooperation within the framework of this large and respected association and to share my views on the future of our further cooperation.

 

Delhi’s much appreciated restraint during the confrontation with Beijing in Doklam had one important element — not to let the military tensions on the border disrupt other interactions with China.

 


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