The 15th BRICS Summit has just concluded in South Africa. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a series of meetings and also co-chaired the China-Africa Leaders’ Dialogue with South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa.

This is a grand meeting for BRICS cooperation. During the Summit, leaders had reached extensive consensus on BRICS cooperation, issued the Johannesburg II Declaration and announced to invite Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Iran and Ethiopia to the BRICS family as official members. The BRICS expansion is historic. It demonstrates the commitment of BRICS countries to cooperate in unity with all developing countries. The expansion is also a new starting point for BRICS cooperation. It will inject new vitality into the BRICS cooperation mechanism and further strengthen the forces for world peace and development.

As a firm supporter and participant of BRICS, China made active contribution for the success of the Summit. China takes a clear cut and firm stand to support BRICS expansion in BRICS spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation. President Xi announced that China will set up a China-BRICS Science and Innovation Incubation Park for the New Era to support the deployment of innovation results. Under the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation mechanism, China will explore the establishment of a BRICS Global Remote Sensing Satellite Data and Application Cooperation Platform to provide data support for agriculture, ecological conservation and disaster reduction in various countries. China will also work with all parties to jointly establish a BRICS Framework on Industrial Cooperation for Sustainable Development as a platform of industrial coordination and project cooperation in implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This is also a grand meeting to deepen China-Africa friendly cooperation. During the Summit, leaders of China and Africa had a dialogue with the theme of “Helping African Integration and Building A High-Level China-Africa Community With A Shared Future”. They jointly planned the priority areas and key directions of future China-Africa cooperation, especially concerning the livelihood and employment of African people, and meeting the needs of Africa’s economic transformation, aiming to promote the further docking of China’s advantages with Africa’s endowment and promote China-Africa cooperation to a higher level. The dialogue issued a joint statement, expounding on strengthening solidarity and cooperation, safeguarding international fairness and justice, strengthening mutual support on issues concerning