China and renewable energy in Southern Africa – Podcast series

December 2013

The CentRenewable_Energy_Conference_Logo_2013re for Chinese Studies co-hosted the 2013 China / Southern Africa Roundtable Dialogue on Renewable Energy in partnership with WWF RSA and the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies. This podcast series captures highlights of the conference dialogue that took place between key representatives from government, academia, business and the NGO sector. The objective of the workshop was to develop a policy and development road map to guide and inform future co-operation between Chinese and Southern African actors in renewable energy.

To listen to the podcasts click [here].

Managing Security and Risk and China-Africa Relations

April 2013

The Centre for Chinese Studies hosted a Conference entitled: “Managing Security and Risk and China-Africa Relations” As China’s economic expansion continues, its rolProgramme Cover pagee in global international affairs has become more prominent. A prominent instance of this is Africa, where Chinese trade and investment have grown exponentially in the last decade.

This presence on the continent will have implications regarding peace and security, both within Africa but also globally. The conference will deal with issues of security ranging from the practical nuts and bolts of investment and the risk involved in such ventures but also the broader picture of China’s role in regional and global security architectures.
Guiding the conversation will be the premise that China’s “going out” strategy has been accompanied with a growing awareness of risk aversion coupled with obligations to play a greater role in peace and security on the continent.

Thus the gathering will be informed by the following questions: How are Chinese notions of risk changing on the continent? How do questions of security at the level of individual economic enterprises (both private and state-owned) feed into larger political questions of stability? As the geo-political situation changes, what are some of features which characterize this shifting terrain on the continent? And, what kinds of forecasts can be made with regards to this changing role in Africa?

To view the programme [click here]

Conference Report – The 2nd China-Africa Think Tanks Forum

Date: 12-13 October 2012
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Brief conference report from the 2nd China-Africa Think Tanks Forum (CATTF II) which was held in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, October 12-13, 2012. The forum was hosted by the Institute of African Studies of Zhejiang Normal University and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies of Addis Ababa University under the theme of “Chinese and African Common Interests: Current Issues and Future Perspectives in Governance, Peace and Security”. CCS Director Sven Grimm, Research Fellow Ross Anthony, and Research Analyst Yejoo Kim attended the forum. Continue Reading

CCS Conference Report: “Greening China-Africa relations”

21 May 2012

Points taken from a workshop in Stellenbosch, 17-18 May 2012. The workshop discussed progress and challenges with regard to incorporating environmentally-friendly practice into Chinese and African development and in China-Africa cooperation. Participants included researchers from various disciplines from China and African states as well as Chinese and African NGOs. The workshop was hosted by the CCS and the Chinese Embassy to South Africa, meant to provide space for academic discussion and to provide input for the upcoming FOCAC V meeting in Beijing. The points provided here as a summary are observations by CCS Director Dr Sven Grimm; they might not reflect the consensus of all participants.  Continue Reading

Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, H.E. TIAN Xuejun addressed the opening session of the workshop. His remarks are available on the website of the Embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Pretoria.

Meeting Summary: The Transparency of Chinese Aid – Chatham House, London

14 September 2011

This is a summary of an event held on 23 September at Chatham House, during the launch of CCS/PWYF report Transparency of Chinese Aid: An analysis of the published information on Chinese external financial flows.

Following China’s release of its first foreign aid report earlier this year, the panel discussed whether this marks a change of direction, and looked at the opportunities for integrating Chinese aid information with that of other donors.

On the panel: Karin Christiansen – Director, Publish What You Fund,  Sven Grimm – Report author and CCS Director, Chris Alden – Reader in International Relations, LSE, and Chair: Alex Vines – Director of Regional & Security Studies, Chatham House

Download the meeting summary [here].