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Ambition collides with reality at the BRICS summit

China’s push to develop the BRICS bloc into a geo-political counterweight to the G7 is likely to be thwarted by the competing interests and priorities of other member states. Nonetheless, positioning ahead of this week’s BRICS summit will provide some insight into how other nations are aligning in a world of US-China fracturing. The most notable development over the past year has been how Saudi Arabia has edged closer to the China-bloc.

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