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BRICS summit kicks off in China

10:50, Monday, 04 September, 2017
BRICS summit kicks off in China

BRICS Leaders’ Meetings have officially kicked off in the coastal Chinese city of Xiamen.

Meetings of the BRICS nations’ leaders have officially started in China's southeastern city of Xiamen, a Sputnik correspondent reported Monday.

Leaders of the five bloc's nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — have exchanged welcoming handshakes. A plenary session is expected to start shortly.

September 3, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the exhibition of the Chinese cultural heritage in Xiamen

Sunday saw the launch of the BRICS Business Forum, arrivals of the leaders, as well as some bilateral meetings — for example, between the Russian and Chinese presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

This year, the summit is being held in a "BRICS Plus format," which means that apart from the five member-states, other countries have been invited: Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, Guinea and Tadjikistan.

North Korea's latest and most powerful nuclear test, carried out on Sunday, is expected to be on top of the agenda.

On Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a BRICS Business Forum, a major side event of the bloc's 9th summit, set to last until Tuesday.

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