November 2009 – Issue 46
The November China Monitor focuses on the fourth FOCAC Ministerial Meeting (FOCAC IV) in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt. With proceedings concluded, numerous new commitments have been made by China to strengthen its ties with Africa. These aim to extend Chinese aid and trade with the continent, as well as to deepen China’s involvement in human resource- and skills development on the continent.
The Commentary piece: “What’s to be done after the fourth FOCAC? by Professor Li Anshan, Peking University, takes a practical look at the various developments and commitments made between China and the African countries present at FOCAC IV with regards to the mutual capacity for implementation on both sides.
The Policy Watch piece is by Professor Garth Shelton, University of the Witwatersrand. In “FOCAC IV – New opportunities for Africa” he explores some of the commitments and declarations made at FOCAC IV, with an eye to tracking the areas of activity in which major commitments have been made.
The Monitor subsequently tracks China’s local and international business news as well as China’s interaction with Africa over the past month.