The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at Stellenbosch University is the leading African research institution for innovative & policy relevant analysis of the relations between China and Africa. This Annual Report is a palette of key events and developments in China-Africa relations in 2011 and the CCS activities on and around these developments.
Under new leadership since 2010, the Centre has successfully repositioned and reinvigorated its efforts. The CCS research activities are divided into three work strands: political partnerships, where we investigate the socio-political dynamics of China’s emergence as partner to the African continent, within the evolving network of international relations in the 21st Century; economic co-operation, where we undertake analyses of the complex interconnections of finance, trade, economy that drive African and Chinese growth and development; and finally, sustainable engagement, where we attempt to understand the increasingly important environmental, demographic and ecological aspects of the China-Africa engagement, given the increasing relevance of these issues as said relationship matures and deepens. This annual report highlights the development of China-Africa relations as well as changes at- and achievements of the Centre during 2011.