On 27 November, the Fifth BRICS Sherpa Meeting was held in Changsha, Hunan Province. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Li Baodong, Sherpa for BRICS affairs and Vice Foreign Minister of China, and attended by Sherpas of BRICS countries and representatives from the New Development Bank.

During the meeting, Sherpas conducted systematic review of BRICS cooperation in 2017 and the progress achieved in economic cooperation, political and security cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, held in-depth discussions on the implementation of outcomes of the Xiamen Summit, and agreed to formulate specific working plans so as to usher in the second Golden Decade of BRICS cooperation. Sherpas also exchanged views on BRICS institutional development and achieved broad consensus.

Delegates of BRICS countries and the New Development Bank congratulated China again on the full success of the Xiamen Summit as it marked a new milestone of BRICS cooperation and spoke highly of China’s outstanding work as the BRICS Chairmanship this year. They all recognized the importance of 2017 in bridging the past and the future of BRICS cooperation, and believed that BRICS cooperation is heading towards a brighter future. Vice Minister Li Baodong extended gratitude to his counterparts for their assistance and support to China and reaffirmed that China would continue to participate in BRICS cooperation in an all-round and active manner in an effort to jointly promote a new type of international relations and build a community of a shared future for mankind.

Before the conclusion of the meeting, a brief handover ceremony was also held between China and South Africa, the BRICS Chairmanship of 2018.

China is the BRICS Chair in 2017 and successfully held the BRICS Xiamen Summit on September 3 to 5. The Fifth Sherpa Meeting, as the last Sherpa Meeting under China’s Chairmanship, represents a perfect conclusion of BRICS “Chinese year”.

Source: BRICS 2017