Perspectives on South Africa-China Relations at 15 Years
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The year 2013 marked 15 years of the phenomenal diplomatic relations between South Africa and China. Th e relationship between South Africa and China has been developing since diplomatic ties were established on 1 January 1998. Since then, South Africa-China's bilateral relations have undergone rapid and all-facet development. Th ere were frequent high level and other kinds of mutual exchanges between the two countries. Th e bilateral relations within the space of fifteen years have evolved from a Partnership to a Strategic Partnership, and then to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Furthermore, in the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which was set out in the Beijing Declaration signed in 2010, the two countries expressed the desire to further strengthen and deepen cooperation in both bilateral and regional affairs by establishing a comprehensive strategic partnership based on equality, mutual benefit and common development. Th e agreements range from political dialogue, trade, investment, mineral exploration, manufacturing, and agriculture to joint efforts in the global arena, such as in the United Nations, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). In recognition of the aforementioned bilateral achievements, on 19 September 2013, an Ambassadorial forum was co-hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa, and the Africa Institute of South Africa Human Science Research Council (AISA-HSRC). The objective of the Ambassadorial Forum was to provide an opportunity for refl ections on the past and outlook on the future diplomatic relations between South Africa and China. This book presents the offi cial keynote addresses which provide strategic thinking and foresight into the bilateral relations between the two countries. Th e main substance of the book is a collection of the Ambassadorial Forum papers that were submitted. The papers evaluate economic and political progress from a national interest perspective. Progress is measured against variables such as trade growth, people-to-people development, partnerships, and the implementation of state agreements, all against the background of the theory of national interest.



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Perspectives onSouth Africa-China Relations at 15 Years
Funeka Yazini April and Garth Shelton (eds)
Perspectives on South Africa China Relations at 15 Years
First Published in 2014 by the Africa Institute of South Africa Private Bag X41 Pretoria South Africa, 0001
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About the Editors
Notes on the Keynote Speakers
Notes on the Contributors
Abbreviations and Acronyms
List of Tables
List of Figures
Opening Address Professor Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju, Acting CEO, AISA
Welcome Address Mr Terrence Mashego, Acting Mayor of the City of Tshwane
Ambassadorial Keynote Address Ambassador TIAN Xuejun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of South Africa
Keynote Address Former Deputy Minister Marius Fransman, Department of International Relations and Coorporation
Chapter 1Introduction: An Assessment of South Africa-China Relations from a National Interest Perspective Yazini April and Garth Shelton
Chapter 2China and South Africa – Common Interests and Global Objectives Garth Shelton
Chapter 3Fifteen Years of South Africa-China Relations and Beyond Ambassador Liu Guijin
Chapter 4 Table of Contents Prospective Mining Industrialization Partnerships between South Africa and China Yazini April
Chapter 5Educational Co-operation or Educational Aid? China, Africa and South Africa Ke Yu
Chapter 6Rethinking Africa’s Development Through Science and Technology: A Partnership Opportunity for South Africa and China John Forje and Yazini April
Chapter 7China and Africa: The Chinese Dream and the African Dream Shu Zhan
Chapter 8Engagement with Style: What China’s Peacekeeping in Africa says about China’s Engagement with Africa Meicen Sun
Chapter 9Conclusion: South Africa-China Relations into the Future Yazini April
The editors of this book would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in South Africa, who made the production of this book possible. Special thanks go to his Excellency Ambassador TIAN Xuejun for approving the financial support for this book. Finally, we would also like to dedicate the book to the continued fruitful relations between China and South Africa.
About the Editors
„Funeka Yazini April
Funeka Yazini April works at the Governance and Security Programme with a focus on industrial development. Ms April is a Master’s of Arts Graduate of the International Affairs at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Her various publications include: South Africa’s Governance Challenges: Assessing The South Af-rica – China Mineral Case,Contemporary Politics Journal, Volume 15; South Africa’s Industrial Framework Action Plan (IPAP2P): Challenges and Prospects,The Thinker, April 2010; Understanding as Aspect of China’s Economic Governance and Economic Growth,Africa Insight, Volume 41; Assessing South Africa’s Foreign Policy Options: Implementing Civic Interest Groups as a Source of Soft Power,African Journal of Conflict Resolution, February 2009; Global Dynamics of the South China Sea Tussles,Polity, December 2012; An Analysis of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002, and the Nationalisation of Minerals Debate in South Africa,Africa Insight, July 2012; A Comparative Analysis of Industrialization in the Case of the African Union and the Association of South East Asian Nations,Africa Insight, Volume 42(3); and Criticism of BRICS Development Bank is Unwarranted, Analysis and Opinion Section, The New Age, April.
„Garth Lawrence Shelton
Garth Lawrence Shelton is an associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His academic and professional qualifications include: PhD from Wits University, with a thesis entitledNuclear Weapons, Deterrence and Non-pro-liferation: The Case of South Africa; a National Security Certificate from Christian Albre-chts University, Kiel, Germany; and a MA (with distinction) from Wits University, with a dissertation entitledUnited States - South Africa Relations 1974-1979. Since 2002 he has been an associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa. Professor Shelton is: a Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD); a Director of the Wits University East Asia Project (EAP); and a Director of the Africa-Asia Society (AAS). He has published three books (on China and Africa) and 56 articles and academic papers (on East Asian topics and security related issues) in national and international journals, including journals published in the USA, the UK, Japan, France, Switzerland and Australia. He has presented academic papers on East Asian and security related topics at 37 national and international conferences. His
fieldwork research in Asia has included visits to 26 cities in China, 10 cities in Japan and visits to South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. His fieldwork research on China-Africa relations has included visits to 11 African countries. He was a visiting Bradlow Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), in 2002.
About the Editors