About Us

The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS), at Stellenbosch University, serves as the most prominent and high quality point of reference for the study of China and East Asia on the African continent. Our policy-relevant analysis is non-partisan and based on academic standards. The Centre also conducts relevant commissioned analysis of China-related research for government, business, academia and NGO communities. Our main research vocation is exploring the drivers of and trends in China’s engagement with Africa.

Interactions between China and countries and societies on the African continent have become increasingly complex, involving a variety of actors and having direct and indirect effects on Africa’s economic, social and political development. Covering China’s interaction with and effects on the entire African continent, we conduct research research in three thematic areas:

  • Political: Assessing the actors in China-Africa relations, including their mandates, goals and policies.
  • Economic: Analysing trade, investment and aid relations between China and Africa, on a continent wide basis.
  • Environmental: Evaluating the environmental effects and the potential for increased sustainability within the China-Africa engagement.

Our work in all thematic strands comprise of case study analysis and the analysis of trends and debates. We are committed to providing open access to our publications.