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BRICS nations powwow in Sanya

By Qiu Quanlin (China Daily)

10:40, December 04, 2011

SANYA, Hainan - Delegates to the First BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Friendship Cities and Local Governments Cooperation Forum reached a series of agreements in China's southern beach city of Sanya on Saturday.

"On the principles of openness, solidarity and mutual respect, it is of great importance to promote common development of friendship cities and local governments of BRICS by introducing a long-term cooperative mechanism," said Li Xiaolin, president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

The two-day forum, which is an important supporting activity of the BRICS Leaders Meeting, included some key issues such as food safety, urban development and environmental protection, financial crisis, energy strategy and intercultural communication among BRICS sister cities.

The forum, which will be convened annually by the hosting country of the BRICS Leaders Meeting, will give special attention to cooperation and collaboration and share experiences and practices to tackle challenges of urbanization of BRICS cities, Li said.

The second forum will be convened in India next year.

"The forum will strengthen dialogue and cooperation in the fields of provincial and local partnership, including infrastructure, community development initiatives, human settlements, green economy, educational exchange programs, culture, friendship cities and transfer of appropriate technologies," Li said.

So far, 94 Chinese autonomous regions, provinces and cities have established ties of friendship with their Russian counterparts, and 48 with Brazil and 25 with South Africa.

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Mishra,India at 2011-12-042.50.226.*
BRICS has no meaning unless the partner countries becomes Allies,BRICS should be more than an economic bloc.People of BRICS are not interacting as often as they should ,for example Indians and Chinese should meet each other in India & China and not in US !its just my point of view.
  

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