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China Fast Becoming South Africa's New Best Friend

No where in Africa is China’s engagement more comprehensive than it is in South Africa. China Inc. has set up shop throughout SA for manufacturing, finance and as the continent’s valuable consumer market. In turn, South Africa is now becoming so reliant on its booming raw material trade with China that both its currency and stock market are effectively pegged to the Chinese economy. However, to define this relationship in purely economic terms misses just how comprehensive it’s rapidly becoming in the realms of culture, military and geo-politics.

Sinologist Dr. Ross Anthony from the Stellenbosch University Center for Chinese Studies is our guest this week to discuss burgeoning ties between Pretoria and Beijing.

Click here to download the paper that Dr. Anthony co-authored with a number of his colleagues from the Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Chinese Studies: South African Relations with China and Taiwan – Economic Realism and the ‘One-China’ Doctrine.

About Dr. Ross Anthony

CCS_Research_Fellow_Ross_Anthony_2014-112x150Dr Ross Anthony is a research fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies. As a Gates Scholar, Ross recently completed his Ph.D in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. His research focused on issues of urban development in the Western regions of China where he spent fourteen months doing fieldwork. Ross has lectured at the University of Cambridge and previously at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan. His research at the Centre for Chinese Studies focuses on issues of Chinese security within sub-Saharan Africa. Other research interests relating to China include: governance, nationalism, ethnic minority policies and historiography.

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