STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

China and IBSA: Possible BRICS Overreach?

Jagannath P. Panda is Research Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • May 2013
    Volume: 
    37
    Issue: 
    3
    Commentaries

    The India–Brazil–South Africa (IBSA) forum, which was formalised in June 2003 through the adoption of the Brasilia Declaration based on the spirit of South–South solidarity, turns a decade old in 2013. The event will be celebrated at its first decadal summit in New Delhi. At the same time, this event needs to be juxtaposed with the fifth consecutive leadership summit of Brazil–Russia–India–China–South Africa (BRICS) in Durban in March 2013. Both IBSA and BRICS are in the limelight for their cross-continental politics. It has also been noted that China may have upped the ante against India by bringing South Africa into BRICS to demote IBSA as a multilateral organisation.

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