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The 2019 First BRICS Sherpa Meeting Held in Brazil

2019/03/15

On March 14, 2019, the 2019 First BRICS Sherpa Meeting was held in Curitiba, Brazil. The main tasks of the meeting are to make preparations for the BRICS Summit in Brasilia and to exchange views on issues including the priorities of the whole year's cooperation. Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo of Brazil attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the meeting. Assistant Foreign Minister and China's Sherpa for BRICS Affairs Zhang Jun and Sherpas of other BRICS countries were present.

Zhang Jun expressed that attaching great importance to the BRICS cooperation, the Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with various parties, including Brazil, the BRICS presidency, to promote the summit for positive outcomes, and forge the second "Golden Decade" of the BRICS cooperation. First, consolidate the momentum of cooperation, stick to the direction of cooperation, strengthen strategic partnership, and well implement the consensus reached at all previous summits, so as to push the BRICS cooperation for constant and forward-looking development. Second, enhance policy coordination, coordinate actions under the G20, the World Trade Organization and other frameworks, firmly support multilateralism, and oppose unilateralism and protectionism, in a bid to safeguard the common interests of emerging markets and developing countries. Third, deepen practical cooperation, actively put into practice the BRICS Partnership on New Industrial Revolution, and advance the cooperation in the three major fields of economy, political security and people-to-people and cultural engagement in a balanced way. The Chinese side supports the Brazilian side in taking scientific and technological innovation and digital economy as cooperation priorities, and agrees that BRICS countries should enhance coordination, and jointly oppose the politicization of scientific and technological issues or discriminatory practices, so as to create a favorable international environment for emerging markets and developing countries. Fourth, raise work efficiency, continue to improve the BRICS mechanism construction, and improve the working methods to make the BRICS cooperation more efficient and more smooth, continue to expand the "BRICS Plus" cooperation, and build extensive partnerships.

With regard to the Venezuelan issue mentioned by some countries during the meeting, Zhang Jun expressed that the international community should uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the norms governing international relations, respect Venezuela's sovereignty and independence, support the Venezuelan people in making independent decisions on their national affairs, and oppose any external forces' interference in Venezuela's internal affairs. Against the current situation, the international community should continue to push relevant parties to seek political solutions through dialogue and negotiation.

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