CCS_10_Years_Logo2014: Ten Years of China-Africa research by the Centre for Chinese Studies

The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at Stellenbosch University is the leading African research institution for innovative and policy relevant analysis of the relations between China and Africa.

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South Africa – Playing second fiddle to China?

CCS_Commentary_South_Africa_Second_Fidle_China_PT_201420 October 2014

Judging from recent events it seems as if South Africa is set to play second fiddle in its dealings with China. When negotiating with China, South Africa is either playing a guessing game or lacks an understanding of the partner with which it is dealing. In the recent past there has been an array of events that may be regarded as political blunders or a waste of South African political capital. Such inflation refers to the events that have led to the cancellation of the prestigious meeting of the Peace Nobel laureates in Cape Town, South Africa. The South African political freedoms which constitute its capital are too high a price to purchase what has come to be known as a Dalai Lama saga in South Africa. These recent unfortunate events give rise to the following question. Who advises the South African government on its foreign policy both politically and economically? It seems as if South Africa lacks an understanding of the cultural balance sheet when dealing with China or is it short of tools to make informed decisions that go beyond Chinese money? [Continue reading]

By Dr Paul TembeCCS_Image_Research_Fellow_Paul_2014_02
Research Fellow
Centre for Chinese Studies
Stellenbosch University


CCS Discussion Paper: China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Programme: Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) – Drawing Lessons for African Integration from Accelerated Development in China


By Clayton H Vhumbunu

The paper identifies and analyses the main vectors of China’s accelerated development including economic, governmental, cultural, educational, infrastructural, technological, and agricultural reforms, examining how these serve as models of poverty eradication, the work draws ideas for the acceleration of development in Africa. It presents a holistic overview from which applicable lessons can be drawn. The paper acknowledges the fact that China is a unitary state with more than 1.3 billion people, whilst on the other hand, Africa, despite a general consensus to reduce poverty, is a continent with now over one billion people spanning 55 fragmented economies. What lessons can be drawn from the development experience in China to accelerate the African integration agenda? The paper argues that China’s success today is largely due to the nurturing of a visionary and dedicated leadership system based on an orderly succession system; capable and competent bureaucracy; effective policy planning and co-ordination; and policy discipline. In recommendation, the paper suggest that Africa strengthens and broadens regional policy planning and co-ordination mechanisms taking into consideration the global political economy context and the continent’s psycho-social structure.

[Download CCS Discussion Paper 03/2014]

Conference Announcement – Call for Papers


AFRASO – Goethe University, Frankfurt/Germany

The Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch/South Africa

Conference Announcement – Call for Papers

African-Asian Encounters (II) Re-Thinking African-Asian Relationships: Changing Realities – New Concepts

Key note speakers: Seifudein Adem and Achille Mbembe 

24 – 26 March 2015
Doubletree by Hilton, Cape Town, South Africa

Important Dates

 4 July 2014: Call for Papers
15 October 2014: Deadline for Abstracts
1 December 2014: Notification of Acceptance / Opening of Registration
01 February 2015: Deadline for Presenter Registration
01 March 2015: Deadline for Participant Registration
Conference: 24 – 26 March 2015

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CCS in the Media

Hong Kong – The Midday Report 702

CCS_Image_CCS_Talk_Radio_70203 October 2014

Acting Head of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Stellenbsoch Dr Ross Anthony talks to 702 about the recent protests in SAR Hong Kong. [Listen here