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BRICS for a Fairer Doha Round, Says South Africa                           
Pretoria, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina)

The five BRICS countries will not compromise in their efforts to create fairer global trade conditions for developing nations at the Doha round, said South Africa′s Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies.

  The media in Pretoria quoted Davies from Sanya, China, ahead of tomorrow's BRICS Summit, ratifying that South Africa remains committed to seeing an outcome of the Doha development round, which pledges to help uplift developing countries with fairer trade tariffs and rules, particularly in agriculture.

The group is made of the so-called emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which was recently accepted.

Negotiations have been on the go for almost 10 years and the most recent round broke down in 2008 when negotiators failed to reach a compromise on agricultural trade rules, BUA News recalls.

Voicing optimism, Davies said South Africa is "committed to seeking an early and successful completion to the Doha round, but we will define successful in terms of giving effect to the developmental mandate of Doha."

However, he said he was concerned that significant parts of the developing world appeared not to be ready to conclude negotiations.

Brazil′s under-secretary for foreign affairs, Valdemar Carneiro Leao, was also quoted by the South African media saying all the members of BRICS had "a strong interest" in seeing the Doha round succeed.

Trade between the BRICS countries between 2001 and 2010 increased 15 times, and is increasing 28 percent annually and now stands at $230 billion.

The five countries make up close to three billion people or 43 percent of the world′s population, $11 trillion or 16 percent of world′s GDP, and $4.6 trillion or 15 percent of world trade, said Deming.

South Africa′s exports to Brics countries increased fourfold between 2006 and 2010, while imports had doubled from Bric countries, according to Davies.
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Hu calls for immediate Libya cease-fire

By Li Xing, Wu Jiao and Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2011-04-14 07:02

Sanya, Hainan - China called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya to prevent an even worse humanitarian crisis in the country, President Hu Jintao told visiting South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday during their meeting prior to the BRICS Summit, which opens on Thursday.

Hu extended a sincere welcome to South Africa on its joining the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group, and said that its participation would not only benefit South Africa but also Africa as a whole.

Returning to Libya, Hu said that China is very concerned with the continuing turmoil in the country and the humanitarian crisis there.
China supports the political efforts of all parties, including the African Union, in alleviating the crisis in Libya, Hu said.

He added China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with South Africa on the Libyan issue to help restore stability in the north African country.

While thanking China for its role in helping South Africa join the BRICS, Zuma, who informed his hosts of efforts made by the African Union panel on Libya, said the pressing priority is a cease-fire to give Libya a chance for peace.

The concern of both countries over Libya constitutes a part of their collaboration in international affairs, the two presidents agreed.

Furthering such cooperation is one of the four measures that will deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and South Africa, Hu said.

Hu noted that cooperation between the two countries in international affairs at the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and BRICS will help protect the interests of developing countries. Both leaders vowed to continue collaboration in assuring a successful outcome of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Durban in December.

The other three measures to promote China-South Africa relations include intensifying high-level exchanges, deepening cooperation in infrastructure construction, mining, energy and agriculture and increasing exchanges at cultural and people-to-people levels.

China also hopes to increase investment in major economic sectors in South Africa to promote a balanced and healthy development in trade relations, Hu said.

Echoing Hu's words, Zuma said South Africa is willing to work with China to enhance economic cooperation and boost trade and environmental protection.

Greater cooperation would help South Africa create more job opportunities and boost economic development, Zuma said.

Trade between the two countries in 2010 reached $25.6 billion with a $4 billion surplus on the South African side, China's Ambassador to South Africa Zhong Jianhua said, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

China and South Africa cooperate closely in both politics and economics, said Zhang Xiaodong, a researcher with the Institute of West Asian and African Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and deputy chief of the Chinese Association of Middle East Studies.

"South Africa is also a leading representative on the African continent, and its inclusion makes the bloc more comprehensive geographically, as well as more balanced when speaking for emerging economies in the world," Zhang said.

Yang Lihua, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that the bilateral relationship with South Africa is getting even closer since the two countries declared a comprehensive strategic partnership last August.

"We are on track politically and economically, and South Africa's membership into the bloc will further strengthen the relationship," she said.

Yang said South Africa's attendance in the summit will also help the bloc's influence to be felt in the African continent as a whole.

China and Africa established a dialogue mechanism as early as 2000, and the China-Africa cooperation forum served as a good communication channel for the two countries, Yang said.

Zuma's trip to Libya last week was on behalf of the African Union, Yang added. "Africa has always insisted on resolving problems through peaceful means by themselves...however, how much influence can the BRICS have over the Libya situation is very hard to say," she said.

Zhang said it is highly possible that the group will discuss Libya.

Gong Shaopeng, a professor of international politics at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, said that Sino-South African ties are developing "very rapidly".

"Diplomatic relations were established just a little more than 10 years ago and now China is already South Africa's biggest trade partner, and that is quite an extraordinary accomplishment," Gong told China Daily.

Gong believes that South Africa will discuss the current situation in Libya with the other four BRICS nations during the summit. Previously, all nations of the bloc, except South Africa, abstained from a UN vote for imposing a no-fly zone over Libya.

Ai Yang contributed to this story.
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Post time 2011-4-14 14:31:46 |Display all floors

Reply #3 mechanic's post

this is Africa and so the tyrant can artillery his own cities and find excuses that pleases mechanics.

but, this is already worse than communist East Europe and China where no communists ever artilleries their own own cities just to stay in power.

President Hu says there should be immediate ceasefire but President Hu dont live in Benghazi and dont have to live under the thumb of a mad dog Colonel

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Frankly speaking I do not hope a complete agreement between them in all subjects. It would be the same as believing in Santa Claus.

But I do hope they can engender a policy in economical issues that can prevent them to be damaged by their possible competition between themselves

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World leaders slam West war in Libya

Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:51AM

The BRICS leaders' meeting is held in Sanya, south China's Hainan province, April 14, 2011.
Leaders of the BRICS group, the world's five major emerging powers, have criticized the West for waging a war on Libya, which has caused civilian casualties in the North African state.

In their summit meeting in southern China, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa unanimously condemned the Libya bombings, AFP reported Thursday.

The group rejected the use of force in the Middle East and North Africa in a draft statement.

"We share the principle that the use of force should be avoided. We maintain that the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of each nation should be respected," the countries which represent more than 40 percent of the world's population said in the statement.

They also expressed concern that the NATO-led campaign on crisis-hit Libya is causing civilian casualties.

The leaders of BRICS nations said their joint presence on the UN Security Council in 2011 offered an opportunity to work together on Libya.

"We are of the view that all the parties should resolve their differences through peaceful means and dialogue in which the UN and regional organizations should as appropriate play their role," the statement read.

Chinese President Hu Jintao chaired the morning talks in the southern China resort city of Sanya with South Africa's Jacob Zuma, Brazil's Dilma Rouseff, Russia's Dmitry Medvedev, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Western warplanes began their air assaults on Libya last month. Thousands of civilians have been killed in the NATO-led campaign.

South Africa was one of the countries that voted in favor of the UN Security Council resolution authorizing the airstrikes.

However, after visiting Tripoli on Sunday, South African President Jacob Zuma called on NATO to stop the attacks which have claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians in the past weeks.
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Reply #5 GoChina888's post

this is Africa and so the tyrant can artillery his own cities and find excuses that pleases gochina.

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