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China seeks to expand its clout; invites 5 countries for BRICS Summit

China has always been trying to increase its influence in the Asia-Pacific and rest of the world as well. Towards that end, it has launched a wide variety of diplomatic and economic missions in its neighborhood. In yet another such attempt to gather more power, China has invited 5 countries as guests to be part of the BRICS summit. The countries invited by China are Egypt, Kenya, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand. Although China has clarified that the invitation to these countries has nothing to do with the ‘BRICS Plus’ policy, it is quite obvious what China is trying to achieve here. It may be recalled that the BRICS Summit will be held in Xiamen city. It will be held from September 3 to 5 and will be attended by top leaders of the 5 BRICS countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be attending the BRICS Summit. BRICS is short for the participating countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The recent change in the Doklam standoff, wherein both India and China have pulled back their troops, is also being seen as connected to the BRICS Summit. If the standoff had continued, it would have created a tough situation for PM Modi in China. It appears that BRICS summit has acted as a catalyst for the resolution of the Doklam standoff. China has always been trying to push the BRICS Plus approach, as it will allow China to capture new markets for its various products.

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