China Monitor 2010

Looking East: Contemporary Dynamics in China’s Southern African Relations

Issue 57 – November 2010

The China Monitor for November 2010 focuses on the recent histories and contemporary dynamics of China’s relationship with Zimbabwe and Angola, two states that have emerged as important destinations for Chinese investments in Southern Africa.

In the Policy Watch, Ms. Heather Chingono, associated with the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, Shanghai, considers the reasons for Zimbabwe’s closer ties with China, shaped by the former’s Look East Policy. She assesses the impacts of this policy and of Chinese investments on the Zimbabwean economy.

For the Commentary piece, Mr. Phillippe Asanzi, candidate in the African Doctoral Academy at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, discusses the underpinnings and repercussions of Chinese economic involvement with Angola, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest oil producer. He traces both positive and negative effects, and suggests that one of the adverse consequences of China’s involvement could be that deeply laid structures of neopatrimonialism in Angola can become even further entrenched.

The Monitor subsequently tracks China’s local and international business news as well as China’s interaction with Africa over the past month.

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The FOCAC Effect: Tracing Emerging Discourse in Sino-African Educational & Legal Co-operation

The China Monitor  – Issue 56 – October 2010

The China Monitor for October 2010 focuses on the emergent human resource development agenda in China’s ties with the African continent.

In the Policy Watch, Kenneth King, Professor Emeritus and former director of the Centre for African Studies at Edinburgh University, Scotland, discusses the Asian power’s involvement in Africa’s higher education and training sector, drawing conclusions on the prospects and limitations of this cooperation.

For the Commentary piece, Ms Sanne van der Lugt, senior researcher at the Centre for Chinese Studies focuses on the outcomes of the Second FOCAC Legal Forum held in Beijing in mid-September 2010.

The Monitor subsequently tracks China’s local and international business news as well as China’s interaction with Africa over the past month.

You can access Issue 56 of the China Monitor here.

Dangerous Waters: China and the Geo-Politics of the Horn of Africa

Issue 55 – September 2010

The China Monitor for September 2010 focuses on recent events in the Sudan and Somalia and the way in which these have affected China’s involvement in the Horn of Africa.

In the Policy Watch, Daniel Large who runs the Africa Asia Centre, Royal African Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and is director of the Sudan Open Archive, a digital library founded by the Rift Valley Institute in 2005 to provide open access to contemporary and historical knowledge about Sudan, analyses China’s emergent policy towards Sudan in the wake of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

For the Commentary piece, Matthew McDonald, senior research analyst at the Centre for Chinese Studies reviews prevailing features of Somalia’s contemporary political economy, and the way in which these influence China’s involvement in the country.

The Monitor subsequently tracks China’s local and international business news as well as China’s interaction with Africa over the past month.

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Oil, Energy and Power in Sino-Angolan Relations

Issue 54 – August 2010

The China Monitor for August 2010 focuses on the nature, depth and dynamics of the Angola-China relationship, focusing in particular on the oil connection.

For the Commentary piece Ana Alves, research fellow in the South African Institute of International Affairs’ China in Africa Project, sets the scene by reviewing at length the recent history and anatomy of Chinese oil interests in the African country.

In the Policy Watch, Jesse Ovadia, affiliated to York University in Toronto, Canada, provides an interpretation of the implications of China’s involvement in Angola’s oil industry against the backdrop of the Asian power’s wider foreign policy pursuits.

The Monitor subsequently tracks China’s local and international business news as well as China’s interaction with Africa over the past month.

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Chinese communities outside of Asia: Tracing the Chinese Diaspora

Issue 53 – July 2010

The China Monitor for July 2010 focuses on the phenomenon of the Chinese diaspora, a movement of people and culture that has seen Chinese communities grow up in many parts of the world outside Asia.

The Commentary piece introduces the migration of Chinese communities to Europe from a historical perspective. In her commentary, Prof Li Minghuan, eminent sociologist at Xiamen University in Fujian Province, China, reviews the origins and developments of the Chinese diaspora in Western (and more recently Eastern) Europe.

In the Policy Watch, an analysis is offered of the emergence of Chinese communities in South Africa. Dr. Yoon Park, senior researcher in the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa discusses the features of South Africa’s primary Chinese communities. This feature is accompanied by a special Insight interview with Peter Tam by Elizabeth Schickerling, research intern at the CCS. Mr. Tam is patriarch and owner of the Tam family corporation in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, who trace their business roots back more than a century.

The Monitor subsequently tracks China’s local and international business news as well as China’s interaction with Africa over the past month.

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