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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.

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Three years of international research in Europe and the BICS countries (Brazil, India, China and South Africa) has resulted in a new book, 'Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers'. The chapter 'South Africa-EU energy governance: tales of path dependency, regional power, and decarbonisation' was authored by SAIIA Senior Researcher, Dr Agathe Maupin.
Published in Books
Monday, 14 December 2015 10:52
A webcast is available of the special workshop on 'China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change and resilience,' held on 3 December 2015 by SAIIA and the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP).
Published in Multimedia
Monday, 07 December 2015 16:44
On 3 December 2015, SAIIA and the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) hosted a special workshop on 'China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change and resilience.'
Published in Events
Thursday, 03 December 2015 15:30

Adept negotiations needed by Africa at FOCAC

By Chris Alden and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
The upcoming Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit in South Africa, the sixth gathering since 2000 and only the second to be held at heads of state level, comes at a time of unprecedented Chinese activism across the globe.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 03 December 2015 12:02
In the context of a ‘normalising’ Chinese economy, that seeks to move from a manufacturing-centred economy to one driven by consumption and services, there are obviously concerns about the impact on Africa through a decrease in commodity exports (and income) to China. Yet such shifts also signal opportunity and perhaps changes in China’s approach towards the continent, to include ‘softer’ issues - like closer public interaction.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 30 November 2015 12:22

FOCAC: Background and 2015 Focus Priorities

By SAIIA's Foreign Policy Programme
Fifteen years after its inception, the sixth Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) will be held in Johannesburg on December 4-5 under the theme, ‘Africa-China Progressing Together: Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development’. Launched in October 2000 in Beijing as a tri-annual collective dialogue platform for co-operation between China and Africa, FOCAC is a signal of the dynamic and expanding nature of China-Africa relations. 
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 23 November 2015 16:23
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 223, October 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:04
SAIIA Policy Insights No 30, November 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:03
SAIIA Policy Insights No 29, November 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:29
Chinese economic activities in Africa have gained increased visibility in parallel to the recent acceleration of Sino-African relations. But, as two case studies in a new paper illustrate, Chinese operations in Africa are not homogenous and engage with their respective host environments in dynamic ways.
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 09 November 2015 12:53

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
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
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