BRICS now a non-Western grouping with the induction of six more member nations

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By doubling its number of members from five to 11 in one quick sweep, the BRICS grouping has strengthened its position as a global grouping.

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The choice of countries, bringing in four major players from the West Asian region — Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE — apart from Ethiopia and Argentina from Africa and South America is significant, as it denotes a shift in the non-western economic grouping’s underpinnings, to make it a more politically relevant bloc.

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