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Brics unable to build solid group, Bric by Bric

Even after 10 years, relationship of five Brics members is sometimes one of convenience

It was a no-brainer to assume that the agenda for the 10th edition of the Brics - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - summit would be to thwart US President Donald Trump's disruptive approach towards global, political and economic customs and conventions.

In the face of these looming challenges, it would be normal to assume that the Brics nations meeting in Johannesburg would concur that trade wars could hurt their collective and individual interests. Accept they did, in their post-summit communique, when they sought collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Brics unable to build solid group, Bric by Bric'. Print Edition | Subscribe