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SAIIA’s China and Africa research 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. It seeks to develop an understanding of the motives, rationale and institutional structures guiding China’s Africa policy, and to study China’s growing power and influence so that it will help rather than hinder development prospects in Africa. Research deals with different dimensions of Chinese continental engagement (energy, resources, trade, investment, aid, development, agriculture, peace, security and multilateralism). A ‘China-Africa Toolkit’ has been developed and is targeted at policy makers in Africa.
The “China and Africa” project was funded (2007-2011) by the UK Department for International Development (Dfid) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Current China-Africa research is funded through the main Global Powers & Africa programme budget.

Global Powers and Africa

SAIIA Occasional Paper No 205, November 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:36
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will be making his second state visit to China between 4 and 5 December 2014. China-South Africa relations have steadily progressed at the bilateral level and beyond, since official relations were established in 1998 - and have been further upgraded to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership since 2010.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 16:20
The announcement of a joint agreement between the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Hebei Iron and Steel Group to open a steel mill in Phalaborwa could signal a new stage in the longstanding relationship between South Africa and China. Financed in part by the China Africa Development Fund, the deal reportedly involves the Chinese company taking a 51% share in the joint venture and building a processing plant that will go beyond the mere extraction of resources for export and generate local employment.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:48
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 202, October 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:37
Since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties in 1998, relations between South Africa, a leading economy on the African continent, and China, the largest developing country in the world, have grown steadily. Sharing a similar global vision, the two emerging countries are working towards closer strategic co-operation that takes account of the structure of bilateral economic ties, domestic diversity and overlapping interests.
Published in Multimedia
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:35
South Africa, a leading economy on the African continent, and China, the largest developing country in the world, have forged a unique partnership. Operating at bilateral, continental and multilateral levels, the governments are actively striving to realise the comprehensive strategic partnership envisaged in 2010.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 06 October 2014 14:54
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 199, August 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:35
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 197, July 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Friday, 15 August 2014 12:47
China’s rising position in African affairs, from that of quiescence to becoming a key economic actor on the continent, is now a well-recognized fact. A new book co-edited by SAIIA's Chris Alden and the IESE's Sérgio Chichava takes an in-depth look at China's relationship with Mozambique.
Published in Books
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:11
In advance of the sixth annual BRICS Heads of State Summit, to be held in Fortaleza, Brazil from 14-16 July 2014, SAIIA has compiled an engaging range of new materials about the grouping's past, present and future.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:24
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 182, April 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:10
A fast-growing population and swift urbanisation rate is putting unprecedented pressure on Africa’s largest cities, most of them rundown by years of underinvestment and neglect. Housing an ever-increasing number of urban dwellers in this context has become a key challenge for most African governments.
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:47
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 88, April 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:22
China is on course to becoming more deeply involved in Africa's security landscape. While the motivation behind Chinese involvement remains primarily economic, the growing exposure of its interests to the vagaries of African politics and pressures to demonstrate greater global activism are bringing about a reconsideration of Beijing's approach to the continent.
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:20
How effective are the BRICS in inspiring confidence in their public diplomacy? This question lies at the heart of their soft power.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:59
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) in Brazil hosted a conference on ‘BRICS and Africa – A Partnership for Sustainable Development?’. Presentations and other materials are available here.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:28
On 21 to 22 October, SAIIA's chief executive, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, and researcher, Yu-Shan Wu, participated in the launch of the Think Tank 10 + 10 Partnership Plan in Beijing. This partnership plan evolved out of the China-Africa Think Tanks Forum (CATTF), which had been established in 2011 by Zhejiang Normal University.
Published in News & Announcements
Sunday, 03 November 2013 22:25
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 71, August 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:00
Last week rung in the changes in China’s top leadership positions as Xi Jinping replaced Hu Jintao as China’s new president. President Xi is also the general secretary of China’s Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission. In one of his first visits abroad as head of state, President Xi will be undertaking a state visit to South Africa on the margins of the upcoming BRICS Summit on 26-27 March 2013 in Durban. He will also be visiting Tanzania and the Republic of Congo during his African tour. China’s relationship with the African continent has grown significantly under…
Published in Multimedia
Monday, 18 March 2013 11:32

SAIIA Occasional Paper No 134, January 2013

Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 28 January 2013 14:00

SAIIA Occasional Paper No 131, January 2013

Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 16:00

(Portuguese) China’s rising position in African affairs, from that of quiescence to open activism at the centre stage of events, is changing the dynamics of the international system.  Since the onset of the domestic reform process starting in 1978, Maoist faith and revolutionary altruism have given way to the consciously self-interested commercial entrepreneurs and advocates of forms of market capitalism. The emergence of China as Africa’s top trading partner and leading source of foreign direct investment in 2009, surpassing the United States and key European Union states still struggling in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, has sharpened the focus on Chinese aspiration and conduct in Africa.  Two-way trade is surging, from just over $1 billion in 2000 to US$155 billion in 2010.  African leaders have recognized, perhaps belatedly in some cases, the necessity of closer ties with the rising economic giant, calling for a concerted effort to better understand and utilize the opportunities presented by China.

Published in Books
Monday, 26 November 2012 05:00
On 14 November the South African Institute of International Affairs co-hosted a public event with the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), which unpacked the China-South Africa relationship. The event brought together an array of academics, journalists and policymakers from across Africa and abroad. It sought to make sense of the comprehensive strategic relationship between China and South Africa that has culminated since diplomatic relations officially established in 1998.
Published in Events
Thursday, 15 November 2012 04:30
A new book on China-Mozambique relations, A Mambo e o Dragao: Relacoes Mocambique-China em Perspectiva, has just been published SAIIA and the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), exploring the relationship between the Mozambican ‘mamba’ and the Chinese ‘dragon’.
Published in News & Announcements
Thursday, 25 October 2012 23:32
There have been mounting concern about the state of relations between superpowers China and Japan, particularly in light of the latest spat which centres around small islands off the coast of Japan. On 21 September 2012, Tom Wheeler, Research Associate with SAIIA, was invited to speak on Summit TV's News Leader programme about the situation and its broader implications, particularly the potential impact upon South African trade. [Duration: 8min 09sec] Watch the video
Published in Multimedia
Thursday, 20 September 2012 16:00
Earlier this year, CCTV built its first international broadcast hub in Nairobi. China’s state-run news media are growing at a fast pace around the world — particularly in Africa — at a time when broadcasting and newspaper companies based in America and Europe are scaling back their international operations. The expansions are part of a campaign to improve China’s image around the world, and bolster its influence in areas where Beijing is economically and politically active. On 20 September 2012, Global Journalist was joined by two experts to discuss this: Yu-Shan Wu, a researcher at SAIIA who has written a…
Published in Multimedia
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 18:00

Development Cooperation and Emerging Powers: New Partners or Old Patterns

By Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Thomas Fues & Dr Sachin Chaturvedi (eds)

The outcome of the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was significant because it sought to bridge the divide between North-South and South-South cooperation, notwithstanding the existing divergent views each side held on the issue. Busan responded to the changing development landscape, in which South-South cooperation was becoming increasingly important, by agreeing to establish a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation that would also see the phasing out of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness.

A new book called "Development Cooperation and Emerging Powers: New Partners or Old Patterns" explores the development policies of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. The volume positions the case studies in the context of the way in which South-South cooperation has evolved and the lessons learnt from traditional forms of aid. Against the background of the changes in the international system of development cooperation, the book also discusses the possibility for convergence or conflict in this transitional phase of the architecture of development cooperation.

Published in Books
Monday, 13 August 2012 18:00

There has been an explosion of attention given to China's interests and activities in Africa and on the wide spectrum of Chinese actors involved in countries across the continent, but the terms and implications of the China-Angola partnership remain unclear.

Published in Books
Monday, 13 August 2012 02:20
The closing of FOCAC V, the triennial ministerial meeting between China and Africa, marked yet another milestone in the continent’s most dynamic relationship. While the headlines rightly focused on Beijing’s offer of US$20 billion in loans to support Africa and the key role that outgoing President Hu Jintao played in fostering the FOCAC agenda, there were other significant aspects of the event that deserve as much attention.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 07:55
SAIIA Policy Briefing 51, June 2012
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 16 July 2012 08:50
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