The growing relations between countries of the global south are shaping the world political and economic order. Therefore new forms of economic cooperation are taking place and involve African, Asian and Latin American countries. These developments drive Asian emerging powers particularly in strengthening their political and economic ties with African countries.
The research project falls under the Africa’s Asian Options (AFRASO) which brings together researchers at Goethe University (Frankfurt-Germany) and Stellenbosch University through the Centre for Chinese Studies. The AFRASO project explores the interactions between Asian and African countries at the political, economic, social and cultural level. In addition to focusing on China and India in Africa, it includes other Asian countries (Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam) in their relations with African countries. In a subproject of the AFRASO, the Centre for Chinese Studies engages in the study of Chinese and South African parastatal companies’ investments in the services sector in Africa.