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International relations

Xi rallies BRICS against sanctions 'abuse,' Cold War mentality

Putin accuses countries of using 'financial mechanisms' to shift their mistakes on the world

A CCTV news broadcast of Chinese President Xi Jinping shows him speaking during a BRICS event on June 23.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Chinese President Xi Jinping urged BRICS countries on Thursday to play a constructive role globally and reject U.S.-led hegemony as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a virtual summit with leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, Xi did not name America and its allies but his message was clear.

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