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

A word from the director

20 February 2017

Regular users of the CCS website may have noticed that updates of content, such as commentaries and our weekly briefing, have been put on hold. In recent years, the Centre (and South African higher education as a whole) has come under significant financial strain, forcing us to reduce staff to the point where we are at present unable to maintain previous levels of output. This has been exacerbated by shifting our meagre resources increasingly into teaching, curriculum development and peer-reviewed research outputs. [Continue reading]


By Dr Ross Anthony
Centre for Chinese Studies
Stellenbosch University


Referencing China and East Asia in Southern African Visual Culture_ 29-30 April

You are invited to submit proposals for the forthcoming symposium to be held at the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg from 29-30 April 2017.

The symposium is convened in collaboration with SAVAH (South African Visual Arts Historians, VIAD (Visual Identities in Art and Design, University of Johannesburg), Leipzig University, the Goethe Institute, and the Confucius Institute at the Durban University of Technology [Continue reading].

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

– Issue 4 –

Power and justice in international investment law: China’s rise and its extraterritorial human rights obligations vis-à-vis the African host state population

Anna Hankings-Evans

Situating Somali Piracy in Japanese security policy

Robert Attwell

‘With those views, you should work for the Communist Party of China’: Challenging Western knowledge production on China-Africa relations

Liam Michael O’Brien

China’s public diplomacy in Zimbabwe: Perceptions, opportunities and challenges

Simon Matingwina

South Korea’s changing political environment and the impact on its Africa policy

Yejoo Kim

Deborah Brautigam’s Will Africa Feed China?: A critical media-centric review

Bob Wekesa

[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]