India and Brazil are pushing back against a Chinese bid to rapidly expand the BRICS group of emerging markets to grow its political clout and counter the US, officials with knowledge of the matter said. The countries have raised objections in preparatory talks for a summit in Johannesburg next month where Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will discuss potentially expanding the group to include Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. China has repeatedly lobbied for expansion during those meetings, said the officials, who asked not to be identified as the discussions are private.
How does expanding the BRICS group of emerging markets increase China's political clout? Doesn't China also have other exclusive groups they can use to increase China's clout like the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation? I thought that organizations such as the BRICS didn't matter, because China also has bilateral relationships with other countries and uses the UN as a platform to push its voice on the world stage already. I am not sure how adding new members to the BRICS is a significant and important move that will increase China's political clout. In fact, you could argue that the inclusion of new members with distinct geopolitical aspirations in the BRICS could create a scenario where competition for leadership and influence within the group could potentially undermine China's intended goal of increased political clout through dilution of focus within the group and differing agendas.