The Centre for Chinese Studies

The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS), at Stellenbosch University, serves as the most prominent and high quality point of reference for the study of China and East Asia on the African continent.

Latest Commentary

China’s investment in Zimbabwe’s agrarian reform

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Since announcing Zimbabwe’s Look East policy in 2003, Chinese investors have established a strong presence in Zimbabwe’s tobacco sector. With the aim of creating partnerships to rehabilitate agriculture, Zimbabwe exported over 54 percent of its tobacco to China in 2015. Recently, President Robert Mugabe’s announcement to lease tobacco producing farms to Chinese nationals has reignited controversy over Zimbabwe’s land reform policies, even inciting a social media campaign -#Chinesefarmersmustfall. The acquisition of previously white-owned farms by Chinese immigrants marks a notable shift in government-to-government financing towards business partnerships with Zimbabwean farmers. This commentary explores how Chinese foreign investment has engaged in Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector and further examines some of the implications for the sector. [Continue reading]

By Tichafa ChidzongaTich
Research Assistant 
Centre for Chinese Studies
Stellenbosch University

Recent Publications

The latest issue of the African East-Asian Affairs (AEAA) is now available.

– Issue 1 –

Crouching tigers, leaping lions? Developmental leadership lessons for South Africa from China and Malaysia

Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Good quality or low price? Competition between Cameroonian and Chinese traders

 Ute Röschenthaler

– Issue 2 –

Theatre as transcultural capital in the Sino-Nigerian relational context: Cultural celebrations at the Confucius Institute in Lagos, Nigeria

Philip Olayoku

Denying the Dalai Lama: South Africa’s visa diplomacy, human rights and the media

Suzette van der Westhuizen and Jo-Ansie van Wyk

– Issue 3 –

Which lodestar to follow? South African public opinion on China and other international partners

Floor Keuleers

Tanzania’s all-weather friendship with China in the era of multipolarity and globalisation: towards a mild hedging strategy

Jean-Pierre Cabestan and Jean-Raphaël Chaponnière

Chinese investment in Africa: how the New Normal can leverage Agenda 2063 for sustainable economic co-operation

Qiaowen Zhang and Anna Kangombe

 The rise of BRICS development finance institutions: A comprehensive look into the New Development Bank and the Contingency Reserve Arrangement

Adrino Mazenda and Ronney Ncwadi

China’s economic hard landing impact on Africa: A scenario analysis

Emmanuel Igbinoba and Rodney Hoaeb

[Link to dedicated AEAA website]

[Click here for information on how to submit to the AEAA]


CCS in the Media

South Africa Expert: BRICS cooperation to promote sustained growth in Africa

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Research Fellow, Dr. Emmanuel Igbinoba, was recently interviewed by on BRICS cooperation to promote sustainable growth in Africa.  [Watch interview on v.ifeng news here]