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 Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank –the logic behind the creation

CCS_Commentary_The_Aisan_Infrastructure_bank_YK_201514 April 2015

China’s new multi-lateral development bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently received a great deal of attention. The AIIB is one of the significant initiatives, together with the New Development Bank (NDB), that China has pushed forward since 2014. On March 31st, more than 40 countries signed up to join this new institution. Due to the huge infrastructure gaps in Asia, the bank will contribute to financing various social infrastructure projects, especially in the region’s developing countries. Yet the creation of the AIIB has re-invigorated questions with regards to whether China aspires to reshape the existing world system through the AIIB and the NDB, amongst others. [Continue reading]

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

Increased Chinese engagement in South Africa’s economy – strategies, opportunities and future implications

CCS_PB_SA-CHINA_Engagement_2015Policy Briefing No. 1 – March 2015

China and South Africa’s relationship has deepened in recent years. Extensive political structures, such as South Africa’s Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement with China, provide opportunities for bettering local development. Through various partnerships, initiatives and agreements, trade between China and South Africa has grown immensely – already totalling more than US$ 270 billion in 2013 with foreign direct investment (FDI) booming across sectors. This policy brief discusses the role of finance, telecoms, infrastructure, energy and mining, manufacturing, and tourism in order to better grasp China-South African economic engagement and identify ways in which such investments can benefit local development. [Continue reading]

CCS in the Media

“China is struggling to enter a new era of development” – Social Sciences in China Press

CCS_Logo_Social_Sciences_in_China_Press_201513 March 2015

Dr Ross Anthony, Interim Director of the CCS, speaks to Social Sciences in China Press about the recently held “Two Sessions” or Chinese parliament. [Read article here – Chinese]