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-China relations: time to move from pledges to tangible outcomes

CCS_Commentary_China South Africa_YK_201410 December 2014

President Zuma’s state visit to China from 4 December 2014 to 5 December 2014 shows that the bi-lateral relationship between the two countries has now reached an apex. Before this trip, South Africa’s relationship with China had already deepened through various multi-lateral frameworks such as the G20, BRICS and the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Based on this increasingly close relationship at global and national level, certain questions now arise: what is in this relationship and where is it leading South Africa? [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 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]

CCS in the Media

“Nou SA se tyd om munt te slaan” – Netwerk24

CCS_Image_Netwerk2413 December 2014

by Dr Yejoo Kim

Dr Yejoo Kim, Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies, looks at the potential benefits for South Africa to be drawn from the rise in China-South Africa co-operation. She explains why and how South Africa can benefit best and make the most out of its relationship with China. [Read full article here (Note: This article is written in Afrikaans)]