"South Africa's position in the world economy is much less significant than that of the other four .... China by far is the most important of the BRICS. Take China away and the BRICS are really deeply insignificant .... There's no doubt of the growing significance ... but let's not forget that the US economy alone constitutes about one-fifth of world GDP which is about the total of the five BRICS put together."
- Michael Cox, a professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics
- Aly-Khan Satchu, a former investment banker specialising in emerging market financing
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