India’s Freaking Out Over China’s “BRICS-Plus” Proposal

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Wednesday that China would “explore modalities for BRICS-plus, to hold outreach dialogues with other major developing countries” because “we hope to establish extensive partnerships and widen our circle of friends to turn it into the most impactful platform for South-South cooperation.”

This instantly prompted a jingoistic paroxysm in the Indian media and “academia” communities, with the country’s yellow press giving prominent space to an over-hyped ‘expert’ who anxiously fear mongered that: “India would be the worst affected among BRICS partners. After expansion, the organization would lose its focus and coherence on development issues and become more like a political platform for China…China may invite pro-Beijing countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Mexico to join…China may be trying to turn BRICS into a China centric organization along the lines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”

Instead of being jealously fearful of China’s economic-strategic outreaches…

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