Just look at China & Russia, two major cornerstone of the economic grouping BRICS, and are there any question that they are highly oppressive and repressive internally and highly aggressive externally.
And China and Russia, are pulling other members of BRICS, into their sphere of influence. Look at India as an example, expressing interest in joining the Russia & China forming alliance.
And thus from Russia & China, i.e. comes Indian, that is increasingly, a destabilizing global force; such as in India, positioning itself, as a bridge between Russia & China on all fronts, India’s brutal oppression of Kashmir, and also India, reaching for close relations to Israel, paying little attention to Palestine issue.
Then Brazil is totally engulfed in an internal racist elite against the poor & indigenous. And South Africa deeply engulfed by xenophobia, with an elite, in power, over the poor.
All the BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, of course, overall, are holding closely together.
The BRICS, an economic alliance, in sum, is leveraging the economic power of the alliance, very much to keep in place the global status quo, of global level oppression and suppression.
How are the BRICS behaviors, influencing the word? Take Kingdom of Thailand for example!
The Thailand Example:
Thailand is very much an isolated country globally, from a military coup and dictatorship. But with China, strong economic interest in the Kingdom, despite the coup and dictatorship, have forced Japan to forge ties with the Kingdom’s Dictator, as a way, to counter-balance China’s interest, in Thailand and ASEAN.
A local Thai press, Nation, reports, last week China dispatched top two senior security officials to deliver a heart-warming message to Thailand: that China is an all-weather friend. They urged Thai officials at all levels to have more exchanges with them to promote understanding and cooperation.
Nation reports that by 2020, it is hoped that Sino-Thai relations would have reached a top-level strategic partnership with China with a full-blown joint military exercise involving all branches of their armed forces. By that time, Chinese-made military hardware would increase proportionately in comparison with the current procurement list, dominated by the US and Western allies and friends.
For the time being, there would be continued military training with Thai counterparts — which has already included the Royal Thai Air Force — as at the end of last year. Transfer of military technology and joint production of arms, as well as a procurement plan for two submarines by the Royal Thai Navy, are in the pipeline. A series of special-forces training that was discontinued recently has been revived and expanded — indicating China’s strategic shift to improving the capacity of the Thai navy and its special forces.
Next year, the Thai and Chinese navies are planning a large-scale joint exercise. The naval cooperation is in line with Thailand’s Maritime Security Strategy 2015-2022 completed in October. It envisages a modernised and active naval force protecting the country’s huge maritime resources in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
The Nation reports this sudden surge of Sino-Thai security cooperation is the outcome of the latest assessment by top strategists at the National Security Council, which has recently completed the much-delayed draft of National Security Strategy 2015-2021.
The Nation reports in the Sino-Thai case, there is no antagonism. Thailand wants to maximise its relations with rising China in all areas as “Thailand and China do not have territorial and national conflicts at all.” The draft reiterated that China places a high premium on Thailand as a leading Asean member with a central location in the continental Southeast Asia with links to South Asia and East Asia that would enhance its connectivity.
The upgrade of Sino-Thai defence cooperation reflects Thailand’s latest geostrategic views of China’s economic and military rise. Bangkok does not want to choose between Washington and Beijing. As a strategic alliance, Thailand will continue to engage the US and at the same time try to ensure a dynamic equilibrium between the two major powers.
In sum, the BRICS, through China, for example, has legitimized the Kingdom of Thailand dictator, Prayuth, targetting better relations and Thailand, sees China as a “Card” to play in legitimizing itself, with other global powers.
But there are objections:
1) As UK, EU, USA & UN repeated called for the restoration of Democracy in Thailand and for the Thai junta to recognize human rights, the BRICS have made no statement on Thailand. This “Hypocrisy” by the BRICS, which includes India, South Africa and Brazil, countries with strong tradition in Democracy and Human Right, is “Un-Forgivable.” In fact, worse, China has cornered Thailand, now governed by a oppressive and repressive Dictatorship junta, into its sphere of great control.
2) BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The grouping was originally known as “BRIC” before the inclusion of South Africa in 2010. The BRICS members are alldeveloping or newly industrialised countries, but they are distinguished by their large, fast-growing economies and significant influence on regional and global affairs; all five are G-20 members.
3) As of 2014, the five BRICS countries represent almost 3 billion people which are 40% of the world population, with a combined nominal GDP of US$16.039 trillion (20% world GDP) and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves. As of 2014, the BRICS nations represented 18 percent of the world economy. Brazil held the chair of the BRICS group in 2014, having hosted the group’s sixth summit in 2014. The BRICS have received both praise and criticism from numerous quarters. The term, “BRICS”, was coined by economist Jim O’Neill in his publication, Building Better Global Economic BRICs.
4) United Kingdom Concern (Source)
British Ambassador Mark Kent on Thursday met with junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and urged the general to return democracy to Thailand and respect human rights. According to the UK in Thailand Facebook page, Kent called on Gen Prayut to discuss a range of issues. He urged PM Gen Prayut to fulfil his promise to restore democracy to Thailand by the end of 2015, and to maintain respect for human rights.
5) European Union Concern (source)
Bangkok, 14 November 2014 – The EU is committed to promoting and protecting the freedom of opinion and expression worldwide. The EU Delegation wishes to express its concern over the increasing misuse of criminal defamation laws in Thailand. The EU believes that defamation laws should not be misused to censor criticism and debate concerning public issues as this constitutes a serious threat to Freedom of Expression. Recent cases brought against Human Rights Defender Andy Hall, journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian from the “Phuketwan” newspaper, and the freelance journalist Andrew Drummond, have served to demonstrate how criminal defamation laws are vexatiously used to silence freedom of expression and investigative journalism in the country. The EU would like to appeal to State authorities to fully abide by their international obligations. As part of wider reform in Thailand, we urge the National Reform Council to address this issue, so that criminal defamation laws cannot in the future be used as a means of silencing legitimate analysis or debate.
6) United Nations Concern (Source)
Bangkok – The United Nations said on Wednesday it was “seriously concerned” about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation. Since seizing power from the elected government in May, the Thai army has stifled dissent by hauling in anti-coup protesters, muzzling the media and threatening those found in breach of martial law with trial in a military court.
The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) pointed to “a deteriorating environment for human rights defenders” a day after activists said they scrapped a debate about access to justice in post-coup Thailand due to pressure from the junta. “[The OHCHR] is seriously concerned about increasing restrictions on human rights defenders in exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and expression in Thailand,” it said in a statement, calling on the country to honour its international human rights obligations.