South Africa-China Relations: Evolving Cooperation, Collaboration and Competition


Chris Alden & Yu-Shan Wu

Publication date: 

Monday, 6 October 2014


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External to ACUI

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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. Enhancing these developments is South Africa’s status as home to the continent’s largest and oldest Chinese community, a concentration of Confucian Institutes and an active Chinese media presence. With the pace of trade and investment picking up, coupled to closer international cooperation with Beijing through the G-20 and BRICS grouping, South Africa-China ties are assuming a significant position in continental and even global affairs. Published by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).