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Beijing Backs Pretoria to Lead BRICS

FILE: Foreign ministers of BRICS nations pose for a family photo with representatives from Africa and the global South during a summit in Cape Town, South Africa, June 2, 2023. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS.

BEIJING — China supports South Africa as the rotating BRICS presidency in hosting various activities this year, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported on Friday, citing Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Xi made the comments during a phone call with his South Africa counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa, CCTV reported.

South Africa is mulling legal options if Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a BRICS emerging economies summit in Johannesburg in August.

Putin is wanted by the International Criminal Court for allegedly kidnapping Ukrainian children in that nation's conflict zone for "placement" with Russians.

Because South Africa is a signatory to the agreement that established the ICC, it is, on paper, obliged to hand Putin over should he come to that nation.

The Chinese report made no mention of Putin or his status. .