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

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Putting the CAP in FOCAC: How African countries can get on the FOCAC train for South Africa 2015

China's President Hu Jintao delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of FOCAC in Beijing28 July 2014

The next Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting will be held in South Africa in 2015. It is no secret anymore that for many the China-Africa honeymoon has lost much of its shine. What many people do not know however, is that a large problem with the China-Africa partnership is not so much Chinese “neo-colonialism” or environmental destruction, but rather a lack of African strategy in dealings with China. A good example for African countries as how to react to China would be Australia. China is Australia’s largest trading partner, supplying China with iron ore, coal and liquefied natural gas. In response to the increased importance of China and Asia, the Australian government released a white paper entitled “Australia in the Asian Century” (link). Additions to the white paper include country strategies for Japan, China, Indonesia, India and South Korea. On the other side of the Indian Ocean, China has similar interests in Africa as in Australia: it is also the largest trading partner with many African states and many of the same commodities it exports from Australia, it also exports from Africa. Yet in terms of African states, or Africa as a whole, development of a “China strategy” is comparatively underdeveloped. The Chinese government has indicated that it wants to work with African states and FOCAC was launched as a platform of achieving mutually beneficial co-operation, yet FOCAC is criticised as being overly China dominated. Why has it been that Africa has not been able to get its act together in its engagements with China? And more specifically, how can African states use the FOCAC mechanism to get a better deal? [Continue reading]

By Harrie EsterhuyseCCS_Research_Analyst_Harrie_2013_12
Research Analyst / Deputy Editor
Centre for Chinese Studies
Stellenbosch University


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

24 - 26 March 2015
Stellenbosch, South Africa

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CCS in the Media

“Just Approaches? Africa’s Migrants in China” – World Policy Blog

CCS_Image_World_Policy_BlogAs Chinese money and citizens move abroad, China is also experiencing an inflow of immigrants from Africa. Unfortunately, China’s outdated legal structures have exacerbated tensions between ethnic Chinese and the growing African immigrant population. Daouda Cissé, Research Fellow at the CCS talks to World Policy Blog. [Read full article here]