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

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: China-Africa co-operation

15 December 2016

The transformation from steam and water mechanised production to electric-powered production to automated production and leading to the present digital revolution marks the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR). In the 21st century, the digital revolution has spurred on technological innovations in electronics and information, firmly establishing knowledge economies as the foundation of economically-advanced countries. Yet, many developing countries still lag behind in reorienting the development of their economies towards knowledge and technology generation on a global scale. The role of co-operation in knowledge-based industries between China and Africa is making progress in helping developing countries realise the rewards of the FIR. Technology usage and investment in research and development in the information communication technology (ICT) sectors of emerging and developing countries is on the rise. In light of these trends, this commentary asks: how is China-Africa co-operation in the ICT sector navigating the FIR? [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

– 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

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CCS in the Media

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

1453516866227_21018 October 2016

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]