Yana Leksyutina: Absence of a common position – is not an obstacle for BRICS

07 December 2016

Associate Professor of the American Studies Department at St. Petersburg State University Dr. Yana Leksyutina told ROSBALT in her interview why one should not underestimate effectiveness of BRICS.


— Recently, among experts, one can hear more and more often criticism towards BRICS. Some observers point out at economic problems of participants of the organization, a high degree of tension between China and India, and most importantly, at absence of a common position on key foreign policy issues. In your opinion, can internal contradictions become stronger than political agreements?


— Doubts regarding prospects of BRICS development have been expressed since the moment of its creation. As a rule, the so-called BRICS pessimists, who are in abundance in the West, focus their attention on disagreements among the members of the union. In this regards, Chinese-Indian relations are most often mentioned. Territorial disputes, the Tibet issue, close ties between China and Pakistan, and prospects for India’s permanent membership in the UN Security Council — indeed, there are many disagreements.


However, at the same time, as I see it, significance of cooperation between two countries within the framework of BRICS is, on the contrary, increasing. The parties need to build cooperation in different areas in order to avoid development of events according to a negative scenario. They understand that very well, both in Deli and Beijing. And, by the way, the degree of tensions between China and India is not that high as, for example, between China and Japan, or until recently – between China and the Philippines.

A full text of the interview in Russian can be found here