China's resort city to host next annual BRICS summit
China will hold the rotating chair of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) next year and host its ninth summit in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen in September, President Xi Jinping announced on Oct 16.
China expects to work with all parties concerned to implement the consensuses reached at previous summits, deepen their partnerships and write a new chapter for the BRICS cooperation, Xi said at the eighth BRICS summit in the western Indian state of Goa. Xiamen, a tourist resort on the southeast coast of China, is known for its mild climate and beautiful scenery.
Xi served as vice mayor of Xiamen in the 1980s.
Xiamen is one of the most economically competitive cities in China and was one of the first Special Economic Zones on the Chinese mainland. As a vice-provincial city independently listed on the State development plan, it has provincial-level authority in economic administration and local legislative power. In 2010, the Xiamen SEZ was expanded to cover the entire municipality. Today, Xiamen is a modern and international port city.