New Delhi: China’s endeavour to incorporate Pakistan into the BRICS alliance has triggered a complex diplomatic scenario. China contends that the BRICS alliance should embrace more developing nations, using this premise to advocate for Pakistan’s inclusion. However, India stands firmly opposed to this proposition, asserting that expanding BRICS membership could undermine its original purpose and the consensus forged among existing member countries concerning development objectives.
Previously, Belarus had sought admission to the BRICS alliance through a formal application. India, in contrast, maintains a steadfast stance against further expansion of the alliance. Amidst its own financial challenges, Pakistan has expressed a keen interest in becoming a BRICS member, leveraging its partnership with China to navigate this pursuit. Notably, Pakistan’s desire to join BRICS has been kindled on multiple occasions in the past. This latest attempt through China has raised concerns, particularly due to India’s presence within the bloc.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have lent a complex dimension to this development. Pakistan’s aspiration to join BRICS was triggered by its discontent over India’s membership. In response, the Pakistani government has repeatedly voiced criticism against India’s role in BRICS. In a thinly veiled reference to India, Pakistan’s foreign ministry issued a statement last year, indicating that the presence of one country prevents its inclusion in the BRICS.
Should Pakistan successfully integrate into the BRICS, it could potentially engender discord between the two nations in pivotal decision-making processes. This, in turn, could compromise the cohesiveness and relevance of the BRICS alliance. Additionally, India harbours concerns that China might exploit Pakistan’s membership to advance its own policy agendas within the BRICS. The evolving dynamic further underscores the delicate equilibrium among these nations on the global stage.