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Xi Calls for BRICS to Play a Bigger Role in World Governance

President Xi Jinping at a plenary session during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen on Sept. 4.

President Xi Jinping at a plenary session during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen on Sept. 4.

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Xiamen, China (AP) -- Five major emerging economies opened a summit Monday to map out their future course, with host Chinese President Xi Jinping calling on them to play a bigger role in world governance, reject protectionism and inject new energy into tackling the gap between the world's wealthy and developing nations.

"We need to make the international order more just and equitable," he told the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa in his opening address. "Our ever closer ties with the rest of the world require that our five countries play a more active role in world governance. Without us, ... many challenges cannot be effectively resolved."