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Combo photo shows Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attending the BRICS Foreign Ministers' Extraordinary Conference on COVID-19 via video link in Beijing, capital of China, April 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of the BRICS members are convening the 12th BRICS summit via video conference on Tuesday. BRICS leaders taking part in the summit will be focused on strengthening intra-BRICS relations and mutually beneficial cooperation across the BRICS pillars of cooperation.

BRICS is an acronym for five major emerging countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which together represent about 42 percent of the global population, 23 percent of global GDP, 30 percent of world territory and 18 percent of global trade.

Over the years since the inception of the mechanism, the BRICS countries have continuously elevated their global economic rankings and expanded multi-dimensional cooperation, particularly in economic and trade sectors, which have yielded substantial results over the past decade.

The virtual summit of the five major emerging economies comes at a time when the international community is confronting profound transformations and growing uncertainties, such as rising trade protectionism and unilateralism.

During the 12th BRICS summit, held against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, leaders would be discussing intra-BRICS cooperation in counterterrorism, trade, health, energy and people-to-people exchanges, and key issues in the global context including measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

People visit the Brazil pavilion during the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 6, 2019. (Xinhua/Fan Peishen)

People attend a Tai Chi Chuan practice during a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 25, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

A ceremony marking the export of the first batch of Chinese pears to Brazil is held in the city of Cangzhou, north China's Hebei Province, Jan. 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Mu Yu)

Chinese engineer Liu Nian (1st L) communicates with Brazilian co-workers at the construction site of Belo Monte ultra-high-voltage transmission projects launched by the State Grid Corporation of China in Brazil, Aug. 7, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Ming)

The China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite-4A is launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province on Dec. 20, 2019. A new satellite, jointly developed by China and Brazil, was sent into space, pushing forward the aerospace cooperation between the two countries, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). (Photo by Zheng Taotao/Xinhua)

The Russia Pavilion is seen at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 2, 2019. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

Dancers perform the dance drama "Confucius" at Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Vera Zaraeva/Xinhua)

An actress performs at the India pavilion during the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 6, 2019. India was one of the 15 guest countries of honor of the second CIIE. (Xinhua/Wang Peng)

People hold a banner to express solidarity with China during a roundtable discussion held by the business community in New Delhi, Feb. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)

Participants display translated books in Chinese and Hindi during a seminar to discuss progress in the ongoing ambitious China-India translation project of classical and contemporary works at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, Jan. 3, 2020. The year 2020 is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Beijing and New Delhi. Both countries have earmarked 70 different programs to celebrate the bond between them. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)

Li Nan, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese embassy, hands over the donation to the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga in Pretoria, South Africa, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)

People are seen at a job fair in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 10, 2019. A total of 60 Chinese enterprises operating in South Africa held the job fair in Johannesburg, offering more than 200 job opportunities to local people. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)

People visit the South Africa pavilion during the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 7, 2019. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)

Players of China cheer during the preliminary match between China and South Africa at the FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships 2019 in Farwaniya Governorate, Kuwait, on Dec. 13, 2019. (Photo by Ghazy Qaffaf/Xinhua)

A Chinese artist performs Chinese traditional opera during celebrations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jan. 19, 2020. Hundreds of Chinese and South Africans of all ages from different backgrounds gathered together at Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)■

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