China says BRICS summit expected to oppose trade protectionism

XIAMEN, FUJIAN PROVINCE, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 3, 2017) (REUTERS) – A meeting of the BRICS group of emerging economies is expected to rally against trade protectionism, China’s vice trade minister said on Sunday (September 3), the first day of the summit in southeastern China.

In a seperate news conference, China’s vice finance minister also named a number of protectionist and anti-globalisation trends that create “uncertainty” for the development of BRICS countries’ economies.

Brazilian President Michel Temer also arrived at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport on Sunday to attend the BRICS summit.

The heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will gather in the city of Xiamen through Tuesday (September 5), giving China as host its latest chance to position itself as a bulwark of globalization in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.