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‘Focus will be on economic management, cooperation’

world Updated: Mar 29, 2012 01:14 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hu Jintao

Seoul and the nuclear summit hogged the headlines in Chinese media over the last few days. Leaders from 53 countries including US, China and India had got together in the South Korean capital to address nuclear safety issues.

But as China President Hu Jintao flew out of Seoul on Wednesday morning and landed in New Delhi in the afternoon for the 4th BRICS summit, the media focus in Beijing is turning on the Indian Capital and the series of multilateral and bilateral meetings to be held there over March 28 and March 29. Hu is leading a 150 member-trade delegation to take part in the two day BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit.

The 3rd summit was held in the beach city of Sanya on Hainan island in South China Sea.

The question being raised in the media here is that how the summit in New Delhi will take forward last year’s meeting.

In an interview with the state-run news agency Xinhua and other Chinese media --- widely picked up here -- Chinese ambassador to India Zhang Yan said that during the summit, the leaders of China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa will have in-depth discussions on global economic management, sustainable development and cooperation among the five BRICS countries on the theme "Partnership for Stability, Security and Prosperity". The interview was widely picked up in Beijing by the media.

Zhang said that the summit is held against the background of the continuous, deep and complicated changes of international situation, Euro-zone debt crisis, the US financial problems and turbulences in West Asia and North Africa, as well as multiple uncertainties of world economic recovery.

Not all opinions are optimistic about the outcome or even India’s role. An opinon piece in Wednesday’s edition of Global Times, government-affiliated and nationalistic, said the meeting is more about “benefits than values.

“The mission of the BRICS is not directly related to values. After all, values are not central to today's world. Too much preaching on values today is as absurd as class struggle was in China in the 50s and 60s. Human rights tend to be centered on values, but the issue never really dominates world politics. Other pressing issues such as climate change and trade disputes are not directly linked to values, the article said.

It added: “India is the host country of this summit. Its identity as an emerging country far overwhelms its identity as a democratic country. The latter is just a label the Western media like to use to balance China.