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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.

Foreign Policy

Shifting Security Challenges in the China–Africa Relationship

By Ross Anthony, Harrie Esterhuyse and Meryl Burgess
SAIIA Policy Insights No 23, September 2015

Published in Policy Insights
Thursday, 17 September 2015 15:53
For the outside visitor, whether first-timer or a more regular one, urban China repeatedly produces the same effect: surprise, then fascination, often followed by disbelief. From sizeable motorways packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic, to cranes populating the skyline with innumerable iterations of high-rise buildings, its cities are a direct reflection of China’s rapid (and on-going) development path. Large metropolises such as Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou are not only engines of growth but also seen as showpieces of modernity where processes of destruction and construction are simultaneously underway.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 10:12

FOCAC: Background and 2015 Focus Priorities

By SAIIA's Foreign Policy Programme
The Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC), launched in October 2000 in Beijing as a tri-annual collective dialogue platform for co-operation between China and Africa, is a signal of the dynamic and expanding nature of China-Africa relations. 
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:23
During state visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia in later 2013, President Xi Jinping outlined China’s vision of a ‘One Belt One Road’ – running overland from China to Eastern Europe – and a complementary Maritime Silk Road that stretches from Southeast China across the Indian Ocean to Dar es Salaam and onward around the Horn of Africa to the Mediterranean. While this vision remains under development, the engagement is intended as a multi-pronged diplomatic, economic and strategic initiative - as well as one that encourages closer cross-cultural contact – that will intensify China’s relations with Africa. Indeed this raises questions…
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:07

BRICS and climate change

By Agathe Maupin and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
Reflecting the broadening of the BRICS agenda since the grouping was formed in 2009, the first ever meeting of BRICS environment ministers was held in Russia in April 2015. The ministers agreed to:
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 06 July 2015 11:02
Leaders from the BRICS countries - Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa - will meet on 8-9 July 2015 in the Russian city of Ufa. Many key developments are expected to arise from the Summit, which takes place as Russia’s relationship with the United States and its European allies worsens, while its ties to BRICS appear to have become closer.
Published in News & Announcements
Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:27
SAIIA Policy Insights No 18, June 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Monday, 08 June 2015 14:06
This year is seen as an important step towards implementing Africa’s future development plans. With the MDGs drawing to a close, the post-2015 development agenda for the continent is framed around Agenda 2063.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 13 April 2015 14:04
How are states employing cultural diplomacy in an increasingly interconnected world in shaping understanding between societies while promoting preferential co-operation between nations? Observers of China-South Africa relations will have noticed the increasing reference to the ‘China Year in South Africa’ by officials on both sides.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 13 April 2015 09:56
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 205, November 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:36
Q&A with Dr. Zhang Chun of the Shanghai Institute of International Studies and Dr. Abiodun Alao of King’s College London.The scholarly and policy focus on China in Africa is beginning to move beyond the examination of the macro-trends to a more nuanced emphasis on sectoral and bilateral country studies.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 08 December 2014 01:22
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
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