You've heard of of the G7. Now meet the G5.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, led a delegation of eight cabinet ministers, six state governors and 450 business leaders to China in a push to foster closer ties in Asia's fastest growing economy.
The range and dimension of the commercial deals demonstrated a degree of economic synergy rarely seen between two developing countries. . . .
President Da Silva was able to use the visit to further his own diplomatic agenda of forging developing nation trade blocs to counter the dominance of Europe and the US in world trade and diplomatic forums.
He urged China to consider joining the embryonic G3 alliance consisting of Brazil, India and South Africa. "We dream that in the near future it will be a G5 with Russia and China," Mr Da Silva said. "We want to build a political force capable of convincing rich nations ... that they can ease their protectionist policies and give access to the so-called developing world."