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Emerging Powers, BRICS and Africa (369)

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

China and Africa Project

SAIIA’s China and Africa research project investigates the emerging relationship between China and Africa, analyses the character and content of China’s trade and foreign policy towards the continent, and studies the implications of this strategic co-operation in the political, military, economic and diplomatic fields.
The 4th IBSA Summit The 4th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) trilateral summit will be held in Brazil on 15 April 2010. Established in 2003, the trilateral forum aims to improve relations between the three countries in a host of spheres. SAIIA’s Emerging Powers Programme explores key policy issues in this expanding South-South relationship. Some of these can be viewed here:
The despatching of 135 Chinese peacekeeping troops to the troubled Darfur region this week as part of the UN-AU hybrid force highlights the changing role that China is playing in Africa.  Once opposed to any form of international intervention in the domestic affairs of states, the Chinese government is becoming an active participant in UN peacekeeping, providing over 7500 military observers, engineers, medical teams and other specialists in support of peace and stability.  Indeed, since 1990 China has sent troops to 15 UN peacekeeping missions ranging from East Timor to Western Sahara, making it the largest contributor among the five…
China is an enigma. It continues to be a communist state while at the same time depending on capitalist dynamics to achieve economic progress and a prosperous society. It is also a land where both vestiges of an ancient civilization and manifestations of a modern nation serve to confirm its position as a leading civilization.
The extravagance on show at the China-Africa Summit in Beijing last November marked the beginning of a consolidation of ties between the two regions. The world watched in wonder as Chinese and Africa leaders celebrated their ever-deepening economic and political ties against the backdrop of Chinese acrobatic troupes, African drumming exhibitions, the piercing wail of Peking opera and panoramic tourist posters of the African savannah.
Monday, 29 October 2007

China in Africa

Nowhere in the world is China’s rapid rise to power more evident than in Africa.  From multi-billion dollar investments in oil and minerals to the influx of tens of thousands of merchants, labourers and cheap consumer goods, China’s economic and political reach is redefining Africa’s traditional ties with the international community.  Two-way trade has jumped from a modest US$10 billion in 2000 to over US$55 billion in 2006, making China the continent’s third largest trading partner while China’s US$1 trillion in foreign currency reserves are being mobilised to fund projects as far away as Katanga and the equatorial forests of…
Associate Senior Research Fellow on South African Foreign policy and China-Africa Relations
Research Associate
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