Little covered in the West, the 8th BRICS summit is a strong opportunity for its members

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Leaders from the five BRICS countries met in Goa, India on October 15 and 16. Little covered in the West, the summit was big news in the BRICS countries themselves, most of all in the host country. India’s prime minister Narendra Modi took advantage of the BRICS podium to label neighboring Pakistan the “mother ship of terrorism,” sparking international outrage and creating an awkward moment for China’s president Xi Jinping. China is a major backer of infrastructure projects in Pakistan, a historic enemy of India.