President Xi Jinping just wrapped up his first foreign trip as China’s head of state. He visitedRussia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo. Deng Xiaoping’s firstforeign trip was Washington, DC in 1978. President Xi’s choice of Africa and Russia is sending a signal to the West of the strengthening relationships that do not include the West. Deng thought his reforms could not succeed without the help of the West, however the actions ofXi hypothesize otherwise.
BRICS consists of the world’s fastest growing economies and despite their lack of precedence they are making significant efforts to be sustainable. Putin and Xi signed 32 cooperation agreements with focus in energy cooperation ranging from petroleum to nuclear power to new sources of energy. Additionally, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China and Russia want to expand their relationship from pure buying-selling to joint research and manufacturing. Currently the global economy is very concentratedin the West and President Xi’s trip emphasizes the East’s efforts to alter the trade structure and provide more high-tech products and Intel. Source