A cadet of Chinese People's Liberation Army conducts a bayonet drill, at the PLA's Armoured Forces Engineering Academy Base, on the outskirt of Beijing, China. Source: AP Photo/Andy Wong
The member countries of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) ought to step up their technological cooperation and other contacts as part of their crackdown on terrorism, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has said.
"I am convinced that there is a need to bolster contacts between our countries in areas such as military-technological cooperation, our joint fight against terrorism, extremism, separatism and cross-border crime, as well as our efforts to counter other new challenges and threats," Patrushev told the fifth meeting of high-ranking security officials from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries in Moscow on Tuesday.
"We have proven that we are able to accomplish quite a broad range of tasks by acting together," he said.
The BRICS nations account for 22 percent of the world's GDP, and more than 25 percent based on purchasing power parity, Patrushev said.
"As far as the global reserve of BRICS is concerned, it is over 40 percent of the planet's population, more than one-third of the world's energy output, approximately 40 percent of R&D spending, and over 20 percent of defense spending," he said.
"Our countries, which are located on more than one-quarter of the globe, also have one-third of the world's agricultural land and produce an average of 37 percent-38 percent of the world's harvest of crops," he added.
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