Beijing: Ruling out discussions on reforms to expand the UN Security Council China, on Saturday, said that top leaders at a BRICS summit in China’s Hainan province may discuss the deepening crisis in the Middle East.

Reforms to expand the UN Security Council China is being vigorously pursued by India, Brazil and South Africa.

Wu Hailong, the Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister, on Saturday said the Libyan crisis as well as the unrest in the Middle East may come up for discussion as any member of the grouping is at liberty to raise issues of their choice.

Briefing the media here on the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICs) summit on April 14 at Sanya, Wu said reforms of the UN Security Council is not on the agenda of the summit.

The issue involved the interests of all 192 members of the UN and differences exist among them on the matter, he pointed out.

"I am not a fortune teller. Reform of UNSC is not on the set agenda of the meeting. BRICs is not an appropriate forum to discuss it as the reform process concerns all UN members,” he said.

The summit would be attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and South African President Jacob Zuma.

The Chinese Minister said none of the five member nations have proposed that the Middle East issue be included on the agenda.

But heads of these countries were free to discuss it as part of their wider dialogue on the current international situation, which is the first item on the agenda.

"If consensus is reached, it will be reflected in the outcome document," Wu said responding to a question on whether BRICS will take a clear stand on the Libyan issue.

However, he did not say whether China will specifically raise it at the summit.

China along with Russia, India and Brazil had abstained from voting on the UN Security Council resolution 1973 to impose a 'no-fly' zone on Libya.

Subsequently, China has taken a strong stand on the air strikes against Gaddafi’s forces, and called for a ceasefire.

Amid India's quest for UNSC permanent seat, China is the lone member of the powerful body which is yet to announce its stand. Other veto wielding members, US, Russia, France and UK have announced their support for India’s inclusion.

Another issue that is unlikely to be discussed is the exchange rate of the Chinese Yuan, the assistant minister said replying to a question on whether the issue will be lagged at the summit.

Trade ministers of BRICs countries will also hold a meeting to formulate a common stand on international trade issues.

China is also organising a meeting of health ministers of BRICS as well and another one involving senior officials dealing with agriculture and science and technology in the concerned five countries.

Wu said Beijing wants to strengthen the BRICS cooperation format by holding a meeting of businessmen from the five countries in the coming months.

Issues concerning radiation leaks thrown up by the recent rapture in Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant may also come up for discussion as China and Russia, being immediate neighbours, were concerned about the issue.

Wu said some emerging countries wanted to join the BRICS, which demonstrated the charm of the platform. China is open to the idea of expanding BRICS by including other countries provided there is consensus on the issue, he said.

(Agencies)