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.

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If you want to consume more, you have to consume more responsibly

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The conservation of biodiversity and protected areas has increased dramatically in China over the last few years. Over 2000 nature reserves are now in existence and many other kinds of protected areas have been established around the country. In China, the protected area system includes nature reserves, scenic spots, historical sites and forest parks and reserves, many of them protected areas for recreation purposes. One of the widely-known man-made forest parks established in China was the Beijing Olympic forest park, an area developed before the Olympic Games in 2008. These are all favourable establishments for the country, especially considering the major environmental problems being faced today. Although India recently surpassed China as the country with the most polluted cities in the world, China is still one of the world’s most polluted countries, with severe air and water pollution, among many other environmental concerns. [Continue reading]

By Meryl BurgessCCS_Research_Analyst_Meryl_12
Research Analyst
Centre for Chinese Studies
Stellenbosch University


The China Monitor: FOCAC VI – African initiatives toward a sustainable Chinese relationship

CCS_China_Monitor_FOCAC_July 201527 July 2015

Prior to the upcoming 6th Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC), to be held in South Africa in 2015, it is crucial that scholars and other stakeholders review previous FOCAC commitments so as to enhance and deepen understanding on the African side and maximise benefits in the upcoming engagement. FOCAC 2015 provides an opportunity to assess China’s presence on the continent and map out its future direction, but doing so vis-à-vis the maximising of African benefits and opportunities. The special edition of the China Monitor seeks to raise awareness and provide balanced perspectives towards FOCAC and China-Africa relations more generally through debate and information exchange. A host of international scholars, specialising in a number of fields, have been invited to contribute their reflections on various aspects feeding directly into the FOCAC policy process. It is the intention that collaborative work of this nature will help contribute toward coherent, credible policy options for African decision-makers, in the interests of a sustainable relationship between China and Africa.

In this special edition:

FOCAC: The evolving China-Africa security relationship
By David Shinn

Shaping China-Africa co-operation on Post-2015 Agenda
By Zhang Chun

FOCAC VI: The Chinese Dream meets African realities?
By Ian Taylor

Placing FOCAC in its South-South co-operation narrative
By Sven Grimm

FOCAC VI: African initiatives toward a sustainable Chinese relationship
By Liu Haifang

Policy meets practice: Chinese environmental protection in Africa in the wake of FOCAC VI
By May Tan-Mullins

Regimes of truth, localisation of Chinese Enterprises, and African agency
By Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong

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Centre for Chinese Studies Annual Report: China Africa Relations 2014

CCS_Annual_Report 2014_Online_High_DefThe annual report of the Centre for Chinese Studies, China Africa Relations 2013, highlights the development of China-Africa relations including changes and achievements of the Centre during 2014. This annual report is a palette of key events and developments in China-Africa relations in 2013 and the CCS activities on and around these developments.

The year 2014 was a very special year for the Centre for Chinese Studies as it celebrated its 10th anniversary. In the decade since the center’s founding, the importance of China, on a global scale, has grown significantly. Furthermore China’s growing engagement on the African continent has been phenomenal. When we consider that China is now Africa’s dominant trading partner, coupled with the fact that there is dearth of higher education institutions focusing on China within Africa, the strategic value of the CCS comes into clearer focus. While with its establishment in 2004, the CCS may have seemed like an exotic anomaly on the South African academic landscape, in 2014, it has become an indispensable resource for research, policy and general public interest as more and more people grasp the global importance of China. In the past decade, we have witnessed a sea-change, with a growing number of academic institutions within South Africa and beyond adding China to their research agenda. Stellenbosch University should be commended for having the foresight to establish such a center as well as the commitment required to keep the center running for the past decade.

Download CCS Annual Report: China Africa Relations 2014:

[CCS Annual Report 2014]

Applications open: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in East Asian (Chinese) and African Studies

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The Centre for Chinese Studies is currently advertising a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in East Asian (Chinese) and African Studies. For more information please have a look at the full advertisement [here].

Deadline: 31 August 2015 (CAT)

CCS in the Media

“What is driving China’s resurgence in Africa?” – CNBC Africa

CNBC Africa29 July 2015

There are divergent views regarding China’s interest in Africa. Some analysts at the Brookings Institute call it “Benign”. The World Bank estimates that trade between Africa and China in 2014 was valued at 222 billion dollars, making it Africa’s largest trading partner. Dr Paul Tembe, Research Fellow at Centre for Chinese Studies and Kevin Bloom, co-author, Africa’s Involvement with China, join CNBC Africa as we put China’s interest in Africa under the spotlight. [Watch here]