Archive: CCS in the Media

22 September 2018

Unlike in the Euro-American sphere, which has a long history of robust independent scholarship and teaching on China, within Africa no such foundation exists. [Continue Reading]

17 September 2018

It is now of crucial importance that South Africans learn as much as they can about China, given our historical lack of knowledge of the region and the country’s undeniably strategic economic importance. [Continue Reading]

13 September 2018

Ross Anthony, the director of Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Chinese Studies, says the debt-trap narrative fits into a Euro-American discourse, and this grouping is very anxious about China’s ramped-up “going out” strategy — its policy of encouraging Chinese firms to invest globally. But some Chinese-funded projects are more risky than those in other countries, he says, Djibouti being a good example. [Continue reading] 


14 August 2018

In the wave of China’s billion-dollar-investments in Africa many small traders have come to the continent to set up shop. Low-income households are hungry for cheap goods made in China. What looks like a win-win has its challenges. [Watch video] 



 29 July 2018

‘Xi Jinping’s trip to Africa cements continent’s growing ties to China, and Beijing’s loans’: China is doubling its commitments to Africa as it builds support from the developing world amid an escalating trade war with the US. The moves came during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent tour of four African nations, capped last week by the BRICS meeting of emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which hosted the summit. But some observers say that as Beijing is ambitiously pushing ahead Xi’s flagship investment and infrastructure project, the “Belt and Road Initiative”, China still faces the challenge of debt problems on the world’s second largest continent. [Continue reading] 


26 July 2018

‘Chinese firms to benefit from localizing light industry in South Africa’: The popularity of Chinese commodities in South Africa, combined with Chinese enterprises’ expertise in light manufacturing and fast-growing bilateral ties, provide broad scope for industrial cooperation, said experts and local business people. “A wide variety of products from China, including textiles, small commodities, household appliances and building materials, are popular here,” Xu Changbin, chairperson of a chain mall called African Trade, a platform for Chinese entrepreneurs in South Africa, told the Global Times. With the increasing popularity of Chinese products in South Africa, Xu has opened three malls, two in Johannesburg and one in Durban. [Continue reading] 


19 July 2018

‘Two decades of mutual support’: This year marks the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between SA and China, during which time the two countries have established a number of comprehensive strategic partnerships and platforms for co-operation. These include the Forum on China-africa Co-operation (Focac), the emerging market economic hub consisting of Brazil, Russia, India and China (Brics), the Belt & Road Initiative and South-south co-operation as well as numerous trade and bilateral agreements. As a result China has become SA’S largest trading partner and a valuable source of both foreign investment and tourists. Continue reading… [Part 1] [Part 2] 


15 July 2018

‘Young people see China-Africa relations more comprehensively’: On July 12th, a special dialogue was held with the Chinese Consulate General in Cape Town, South Africa. The party attending the dialogue included more than 10 university students from the “China-Africa Relations” summer school organized by the Centre for Chinese Studies of Stellenbosch University in South Africa. After listening to the introduction on the relationship between China and Africa by China’s Consul General in Cape Town, Kang Yong, Anathi Madubella, an International Relations student, asked several questions about China’s relationship with Africa [Continue reading] 

China turns its back on Comrade Bob to embrace change in Zimbabwe

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Confirmation of Robert Mugabe’s ouster prompted revelry on the streets of Harare. “The Goblin has gone!” raved one.Thousands of miles away in Beijing – for decades Mugabe’s most powerful backer – there were no obvious signs of jubilation. But experts believe China’s leaders will be both relieved and contented to see the back of “Comrade Bob” – a suspicion reinforced by the approving tone coverage of his demise has taken in the Communist party-controlled press. [Continue reading] 



22 November 2017

Beijing has said speculation that it had a hand in ongoing efforts to dethrone Robert Mugabe is an “evil” plot designed to sully its reputation and derail China-Africa relations. A recent visit to Beijing by one of the architects of last week’s slow-burn coup has stoked suspicions China played some role in attempts to oust its longtime ally. Experts say Mugabe had fallen from favour with China’s Communist party leaders in recent years, with Beijing particularly alarmed at the prospect of his wife, Grace Mugabe, succeeding him. [Continue reading] 

Nikkei Asian Review Viewpoints: China will navigate through Zimbabwe’s troubles

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In the hours following the house arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe last week, rumors swirled of Chinese involvement. The speculation was not entirely baseless. Just days before the coup, Gen. Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe’s military chief, met with Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan in Beijing. Although it was represented as a normal military visit, its timing was dubious to say the least. While what was discussed may never come to light, the idea that Beijing was actively soliciting a military takeover is doubtful. The high risk of reputational damage, coupled with the comparatively low economic stakes China has in Zimbabwe, make it highly unlikely. [Continue reading] 

By Ross An1thony
Centre for Chinese Studies
Stellenbosch University