Hoping to mould Africa and the south as the new geopolitical centre, South Africa has attempted to sell the next BRICS Summit as an African summit.
As we witness the change in leadership in China, led ostensibly by Xi Jinping, new evidence is rapidly emerging which we can use to develop our understanding further.
The idea of a BRICS development bank is now a huge bone of contention in South Africa, but the idea is pregnant with many positive possibilities provided it focuses on South-led global development.
From 1995 until about 2010 experts sang the praises of China’s rise, but the last several years have seen a gradual shift in the conversation. Now, talk of China’s impending “fall” is in vogue.
Unrest in Tibet carries huge implications for Sino-Indian relations and Indian foreign policy, which is important in part because next month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Sino-Indian War.
The vast majority of China’s oil imports pass through the Straits of Malacca. This creates a security issue for China as the Straits function as a strategic chokepoint through which their energy supply must pass.
In modern times the transforming of a country into a great power has traditionally coincided with the development of a powerful navy. Both India and China are progressing towards this end.
In the inaugural post of “Throwing BRICS,” Siphamandla Zondi argues that South Africa’s dual identity is an ingrained ambiguity ensuring that the BRICS will remain a major priority in its foreign policy.