As far as I understand, Bangladesh and Indonesia are members of the BRICS Bank. However, they are not members of the BRICS alliance.

What advantages would Bangladesh and Indonesia be missing out on as opposed to the newly joined six members?

  • Bangladesh is a member of the BRICS Development Bank, but Indonesia isn't, as far as I can tell.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 21:21

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all members of the United Nations could be members of the BRICS bank, however the share of the BRICS member nations can never be less than 55% of voting power.

BRICS alliance is an alliance of "emerging powers", and will accept other "emerging powers" as its members. Bangladesh & Uruguay are not yet considered "emerging powers", therefore not yet invited to become a member of BRICS alliance.

Indonesia is not a member of BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). Indonesia is part of Asian Development Bank (ADB), an initiative of the United Nations, and modeled after the World Bank.

Any country (incl. NATO & Five Eyes) that sanctions or attacks a current BRICS country will not be allowed into the alliance.

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    Except, you know, India has sanctioned China, and China has attacked India (at least according to the Indian government). Perhaps there is some document that says that BRICS countries should not do this, although the answer does not seem to cite it, so who knows. But the practical reality seems to be different.
    – Obie 2.0
    Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 9:24
  • "allowed into the alliance" as in BRICS alliance inviting new members.
    – Neel
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 5:19
  • The Sino-Indian War was in 1962, so China and India had already had a military conflict before joining BRIC (in 2010, before it became BRICS with the addition of South Africa). There was also the Sino-Soviet border conflict in 1969. Clearly, past military conflicts are not practically a deal-breaker for joining BRICS. As with any other alliance, BRICS will invite members based on the existing members' perception of their current political interests, not so much past alliances or conflicts.
    – Obie 2.0
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 6:18
  • Grammar Lesson: "sanctions or attacks" is present tense, and NOT past tense.
    – Neel
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 9:47
  • Sure, but you seem to believe that despite (a) not expelling members who have engaged in sanctions or war against each other since joining BRICS, and (b) having founding members who had previously engaged in war against each other, if any non-member ever sanctions or attacks a current member, they will never join BRICS. While that is not a logically inconsistent position, I think we have very little reason to think that such a fine distinction is likely to be observed, when the more likely possibility is that membership is based on realpolitik.
    – Obie 2.0
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 10:05

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