Brics Agreement

It is clear that greater harmonisation needs to be achieved between the BRICS with regard to bilateral agreements, some of which still need to be clarified if the bloc`s ambition to increase trade between them is taken into account. These agreements do not yet include free trade agreements between Brazil, China, India and Russia; China with India and South Africa. In 2012, Hu Jintao, then president of China and head of Paramount, called the BRICS a defender and promoter of developing countries and a force for world peace. [6] Western analysts have highlighted possible divisions and weaknesses in the grouping, including significant economic instability[87][99][99] Divergences between members on UN Security Council reform[91] and disputes between India and China over territorial issues. [7] 28. We express our deep concern at the continuing tensions, including unilateral measures, in the Gulf region. We reaffirm the BRICS`s support for efforts to resolve existing disputes through negotiation and diplomatic engagement, and stress the need to promote a positive and constructive agenda in the region, in which all countries respond together to common threats and challenges. China has 16 free trade and investment agreements with its trading and investment partners and is negotiating or executing eight others. China`s free trade partners are ASEAN, Singapore, Pakistan, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Iceland, Switzerland, Maldives, Georgia, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. China has also recently signed free trade agreements with Korea and Australia, both of which contain investment details. With regard to the DBA, China has concluded numerous agreements, including with BRICS members, India, Russia and South Africa, as well as with EAEU members.

It often offers preferential trading conditions to countries along its Belt-Road initiative. We reaffirm our strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. We are convinced that there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict. We also reaffirm our determination to advance a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, UN-supported political process in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which results in constitutional reform and free and fair elections. In this regard, we underline the importance of the Geneva Constitutional Commission, which was launched with the participation of the guarantor countries of the Astana process and all the States seeking political means to tackle the conflict, and we welcome the efforts of the UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative for Syria to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of the Committee. We are convinced that the members of the Constitutional Committee should be guided by the obligation of compromise and constructive cooperation, without foreign interference, in order to reach a general agreement. We welcome the signing of the additional protocol to the memorandum on the stabilization of the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. We reaffirm international commitments in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and underline the importance of unity in the fight against terrorist organizations in Syria, as defined by the UN Security Council. We stress the importance of allowing unhindered humanitarian assistance, in accordance with United Nations humanitarian principles and the post-conflict reconstruction of Syria, which would create the conditions for the safe, voluntary and dignified return of Syrian refugees and displaced Syrians to their permanent residences, thereby contributing to long-term stability and security in Syria and the region in general.

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