The power of the BRICS in world trade and growth, analysing the macroeconomic impacts within and across the bloc
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Extract: The BRICS is a composition of five emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The five countries together represent about 42 per cent of the world's population, over 24 per cent of all land, and about 20 per cent of the world's total GDP, contributing a combined nominal GDP of more than US$14.9 trillion. Over the past decade trade between the BRICS and other regions such as North America, the EU and Japan has surpassed the US$2 trillion mark. Trade within the BRICS countries is growing at an average of 28 per cent per annum, reaching more than US$300 billion in 2012 and is expected to achieve US$500 billion by 2015. Obviously these numbers suggest that the BRICS has emerged as a major power bloc. However, given the size of its population and the economy as well as other socio-economic indicators, China seems to be the power pillar of this bloc.