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BRICS Leaders To Hold Informal Meeting on the Sidelines of the G20

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EIRNS—There are going to be so many important meetings taking place on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg on July 7-8, it is questionable whether the delegations will have any time to discuss the agenda that conference host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has drawn up—which is dominated by so-called climate change.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to hold bilateral meetings with one another, and it is now reported by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong that the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—the BRICS nations—will hold informal talks, according to Sputnik.

"According to the usual practice, BRICS leaders will hold an informal meeting ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg," Li Baodong told reporters. China, which is chairing the rotating presidency of the BRICS this year, will chair the informal meeting; the BRICS summit in Xiamen is on Sept 3-5.

Xi will also hold several bilateral meetings with national leaders at the G20, including possibly President Trump. Xi will come to Germany after a state visit to Russia. There will no doubt be other bilaterals among the other leaders attending the