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China in Kenya: Addressing Counterfeit Goods and Construction Sector Imbalances

"China has become a key player in trade, investment and development co-operation in Kenya. Although mainly in the construction and manufacturing sectors, Chinese investments in Kenya have attracted praise and condemnation in equal proportion from...

Goodwill and Hard Bargains: The DRC, China and India

"The economic and political engagement of China and India with the African continent is growing, but the complex dynamics of this engagement, particularly at country-specific level, remain under-researched. This study explores historical, politi...

Between the CPA and Southern Independence: China's Post-Conflict Engagement in Sudan

"As a defining Chinese engagement in Africa, much attention has been devoted to China’s role over Darfur and Sudan’s other conflicts. Much less has been paid to China’s role in post-conflict reconstruction and development. The paper explores the ...

China's Growing Involvement in Chad: Escaping Enclosure?

"The paper first outlines the Chadian context, at national and regional levels, in order to locate China’s engagement appropriately. Because China’s economic engagement in Chad is structured mostly around oil interests, the second section examines...

The Rise of China's State-led Media Dynasty in Africa

"China is no exception to the global rise of developing media, who are challenging dominant traditional players. China’s state-owned media are increasing their influence in the world as an instrument of its grander soft power engagement. The pap...

Refining Relations: Chad's Growing Links with China

"Chad’s relations with China have developed importantly in a relatively short space of time, which has elevated China’s importance in the Chadian economy and domestic politics. The core of the Chinese engagement is driven by the China National Pe...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 6, no. 1, 1982

This issue starts with Smuts House Notes and then 3 articles follow on Supping with the devil – Zimbabwe-South Africa relations, Political and Military background to France’s intervention capability, and the proposals of the constitutional committ...

Hong Kong - South Africa's Gateway to China

"South Africa has responded to the rise of East Asia by building new commercial links with the region, especially with China. South Africa has sought to build a strategic partnership with the Asian giant in the hope of securing a key political all...

A 21st Century Scramble: South Africa, China and the Rare Earth Metals Industry

"The paper analyses the peculiar structure of the rare earth elements (REE) industry, a sector dominated by China, and the global implications of current upheavals within the sector, especially as they concern South Africa’s (re)emerging rare eart...

American Helicopters for Rhodesia

In the brief report, SABC TV news reports suggested that American-made helicopters were sold to Rhodesia through an Israeli connection. These caused some speculation and various conflicting reports. Despite all this, the fact remains that the arms...

The Sicomines Agreement: Change and Continuity in the Democratic Republic of Congo's International Relations

The Sicomines multibillion minerals-for-infrastructure deal was struck in 2007 between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and China. The paper investigates the drivers behind the original conception of the agreement, outlines the structure of ...

To Bélinga or not to Bélinga? China's evolving engagement in Gabon's mining sector

"Gabon’s recent ambition to reduce its dependency on oil revenue by diversifying its economy coincides with China’s growing investment in resource-rich African countries. Within the wide range of Sino–Gabonese co-operation, the mining sector – an...

Nigeria and the BRICs: Diplomatic, Trade, Cultural and Military Relations

"The paper explores the relationship between the BRICs and Nigeria, undoubtedly one of Africa’s key countries and one that is also an aspiring member of the expanded BRICs. It considers the relationship in the areas of economic relations, diploma...

Understanding China's Agricultural Investments in Africa

"Although agricultural growth has increased in Africa in recent years, food security remains a severe challenge. International organisations and programmes, such as the UN millennium development goals, have called for greater investment in Afric...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 8, no. 2, 1984

This issue starts with Smuts House notes of the year. It then proceeds to articles from papers delivered at the SAIIA Third International Conference on Economic Interdependence and World Order held in 1984 namely: The global community at the cross...

The Zambia–China Cooperation Zone at a Crossroads: What Now?

"The Zambia–China Cooperation Zone (ZCCZ) was the first Chinese economic and trade co-operation zone to be established in Africa. The project emerged from converging interests on both sides: China’s interest in Zambia’s copper reservoirs and Lusa...

The Evolving Nature of Chinese Telecommunications Investment in the DRC

"ZTE was the first Chinese company to invest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) telecommunications sector, acquiring a majority shareholding in mobile phone operator, Congo Chine Télécoms (CCT), in 2000. CCT is popular with low-income user...

Chinese Banking Interests in Mozambique

"Unlike in most other African countries, Chinese financial involvement in Mozambique includes state-owned banks (Export–Import Bank of China – Exim Bank, and the China Development Bank – CDB) and private commercial interests, in the form of Geoca...

China and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa: The Case of Sudan

"From Darfur to Zimbabwe, the DRC to Guinea, China’s African engagement is linked commonly to different forms of conflict. A less-observed phenomenon, however, is China’s developing post-conflict role in Africa. This trend shows signs of becoming...

BRICS FDI: A Preliminary view

"Trade among the BRICS countries has shown progressive growth over the past decade. Although foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in all of the countries have increased, intra-BRICS flows do not correlate with trade figures. Overall, there is les...

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