Interview: High time for a common African policy on China by FES Connect

Significant investments by China in Africa have extended the country’s economic ties on the continent. In 2009, China’s trade with Africa overtook that of the United States to become the continent’s largest single trade partner (paywall).

While China released its first policy positions towards Africa as early as 2006, Africa remains without a common policy on China’s business practices and relationship with the continent.

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The South African BRICS Presidency 2018: Towards an Agenda for Inclusive Development?

South Africa takes the reigns of the BRICS Partnership in 2018 after a significant year that saw the Chinese Presidency introduce a few novel additions to the grouping. Since it is South Africa’s turn to steer the BRICS in 2018, it is important to ask in which direction it could be steered, and how the country can contribute to the development and implementation of ideas that put the African continent and the global South on a sustainable and inclusive path towards development.

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Report: China – Africa: High time for a common integrated African policy on China

The Institute for Global Dialogue, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Wits Africa- China Reporting Project (ACRP) held a one-day symposium at the University of the Witwatersrand on 20th July 2017, on the theme China – Africa: high time for a common integrated African policy on China.

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Towards an African Policy on China

South Africa hosted the Johannesburg Summit and sixth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China and Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in December 2015. The event marked a decade and a half since the initiation of the FOCAC mechanism in 2000 and nearly a decade since the Beijing Summit of 2006. South Africa and China are the current co-chairs of the Forum for the period 2015-2018. South Africa seeks to consolidate the strategic Africa-China relationship often framed as a win-win relationship...

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African solutions to African problems: a viable solution towards a united, prosperous and peaceful Africa?

The African continent continues to face many complex challenges ranging from issues of governance, poor socioeconomic development within its borders to growing terror attacks from extremist groups. Given this context, Africa’s own insecurity is serving as a source of concern for not only the global community but also for African leaders. This growing concern is one of the contributing factors behind the phrase ‘African solutions to African problems’...

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Situating the Future of BRICS in Changing Global Dynamics - Report

With preparations for the 9th BRICS Summit under the Chinese Presidency in progress, question marks on the future of the BRICS are repeatedly raised. The following symposium, organised into a panel discussion, breakaway sessions, and plenary, sought to explore some of the future scenarios of the BRICS in changing global dynamics. It looked into existing power dynamics in the grouping, with Russia, China, and India vying for influence, while South Africa and Brazil seemingly lagging behind as they confront various domestic challenges.

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The Institute for Global Dialogue, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Wits Africa- China Reporting Project (ACRP) held a one-day symposium at the University of the Witwatersrand on 20th July 2017, on the theme China – Africa: high time for a common integrated African policy on China.


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by Philani Mthembu with Bob Wekesa

South Africa hosted the Johannesburg Summit and sixth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China and Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in December 2015. The event marked a decade and a half since the initiation of the FOCAC mechanism in 2000 and nearly a decade since the Beijing Summit of 2006. South Africa and China are the current co-chairs of the Forum for the period 2015-2018. South Africa seeks to consolidate the strategic Africa-China relationship often framed as a win-win relationship between Africa, the continent with the largest number of developing countries and China, the largest developing nation.


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by Remofiloe Lobakeng

The African continent continues to face many complex challenges ranging from issues of governance, poor socioeconomic development within its borders to growing terror attacks from extremist groups. Given this context, Africa’s own insecurity is serving as a source of concern for not only the global community but also for African leaders. This growing concern is one of the contributing factors behind the phrase ‘African solutions to African problems’...


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by Arina Muresan and Wayne Jumat

With preparations for the 9th BRICS Summit under the Chinese Presidency in progress, question marks on the future of the BRICS are repeatedly raised. The following symposium, organised into a panel discussion, breakaway sessions, and plenary, sought to explore some of the future scenarios of the BRICS in changing global dynamics. It looked into existing power dynamics in the grouping, with Russia, China, and India vying for influence, while South Africa and Brazil seemingly lagging behind as they confront various domestic challenges. Bringing together over 50 stakeholders from government, academia, think tanks, civil society, business, labour, embassies, and other non-government organisations, this symposium also considered the potential impact of closer relations between the US and Russia under the Trump Presidency, while addressing the question of a consolidated BRICS agenda and enhanced BRICS strategic cooperation and coordination of regional agendas.


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