Annuals

Centre for Chinese Studies Annual Report: China Africa Relations 2015

Annual report coverThe annual report of the Centre for Chinese Studies, China-Africa Relations 2015, highlights the development of China-Africa relations including changes and achievements of the Centre during 2015. This annual report is a palette of key events and developments in China-Africa relations in 2015 and the CCS activities on and around these developments

China’s engagement with Africa in 2015 was a year of contradictions. On the one hand, the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) – a summit held in Johannesburg in December and attended by most African heads of state, as well as Chinese president, Xi Jinping, resulted in China offering a whopping US$ 60 billion in development finance to Africa. Additionally, China has extended US$ 6.5 billion (ZAR 94 Billion) to South Africa (rail, transport, electricity, renewable energy). This sum is unprecedented insofar as it is triple the amount doled out in the previous FOCAC meeting in 2013. On the other hand, China’s domestic economy in 2015 has faced challenges – with its economy reaching the slowest rate of growth in a quarter of a century (although, at 6.9 per cent still impressive by most standards). As China’s predominant imports from Africa are raw materials, this is having a significant impact on African economies. In light of this, the unprecedented assistance offered to Africa during this time of economic stress has signalled China’s continued long-term commitments toward the African continent.

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Centre for Chinese Studies Annual Report: China Africa Relations 2014

Annual report cover 2014The annual report of the Centre for Chinese Studies, China Africa Relations 2014, 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 2014 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.

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Centre for Chinese Studies Annual Report: China Africa Relations 2013

CCS_Annual_Report 2013_WebformatThe 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 2013. 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.

Looking back at the year at times reveals common themes across our varied research strands. In 2013, one of the overarching features in our research was exploring the diversity of China. This annual report contains pictures of various parts of China—and it hopefully includes a few surprising or unusual images . We study China in all its parts, and while we often focus on the political and economic core in Beijing and Shanghai, we also explore Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Western China. [Download CCS Annual Report: China Africa Relations 2013 here]

China Africa Relations 2012 – The CCS Annual Report

The annual report of the Centre for Chinese Studies, China Africa Relations 2012, highlights the development of China-Africa relations including changes and achievements of the Centre during 2012.This annual report is a palette of key events and developments in China-Africa relations in 2012 and the CCS activities on and around these developments.

2012 was a busy year—in China, in China-Africa relations and for the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University. We have increased our capacity in staff, in finance and in subject matters of China-Africa relations. The spectrum of work that is highlighted in this report illustrates the vocation of the centre as Africa’s first and foremost research centre for the study of China and China-Africa relations. The CCS’ work in three main thematic research streams – political, economic, and environmental dimensions, provides input into pertinent debates on the African continent at large and within the China-Africa relationship. [Download CCS Annual Report: China Africa Relations 2012 here]

China Africa Relations 2011 – The CCS Annual Report

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.

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