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

Economic pragmatism in East Asia: a perspective from Taiwan

CCS_Commentary_Economic_Pragmatism_East_Asia_YK_201523 February 2015

Since the Communists defeated the Kuomintang (KMT or Nationalist Party) in 1949 and the KMT moved to the island of Taiwan, the two Chinas – the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (Taiwan) – have competed for international legitimacy and recognition as the “government of China”. Both parties have had a long-standing diplomatic tug-of-war with each other for decades. However, it seems that Taiwan and China have become economically dependent; Taiwan in particular has opted for pragmatic co-operation with China. One of the most prominent examples of this is the Cross-Straits Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed in 2010 with the PRC, which aims to reduce tariffs and commercial barriers between the two sides. The ECFA has become a catalyst of Taiwan’s endeavour to become an economic regional hub. Against this background, this commentary provides a glimpse of the economic relations of Taiwan with its counterparts in East Asia. [Continue reading]

By Dr Yejoo KimCCS_Research_Analyst_Yejoo_10
Research Fellow
Centre for Chinese Studies
Stellenbosch University


African-Asian Encounters (II) conference website now liive



The conference website for:

African-Asian Encounters (II) Re-Thinking African-Asian Relationships: Changing Realities – New Concepts, to be held on 24 – 26 March 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Cape Town, South Africa, is now live.

Please visit the CONFERENCE WEBSITE for more information.

CCS in the Media

“Promote co-ordination to achieve ambitious goals” People’s Daily

CCS_Logo_Peoples_Daily26 February 2015

Harrie Esterhuyse, Research Analyst at the CCS, speaks to People’s Daily about the need for improved energy efficiency in China, along with a reduction in the reliance on natural resources and heavy polluting industries. [Read article here – Chinese]