China's helping role in developing nations' growth

Chinas helping role in developing nationsSince the 1950s, China has been providing what is known as South-South Cooperation to other developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere. Such cooperation has been received with open arms by all countries, and has increasingly been delivered in partnership with organizations such as ours, the United Nations Development Programme.

During his recent visit to China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon emphasized the need to reflect on the past. In 2004, the strongest earthquake the world had seen in 40 years - 9.3 in magnitude - unleashed a tsunami that swept across the coastlines of Asia and Africa, killing more than 290,000 people. China, then evolving into a responsible global power, provided an unprecedented package to support the victims that totaled $62 million. In that same year, Hu Jintao, then Chinese president, visited Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Cuba and signed 39 cooperation agreements with the four countries.


About The Project

Funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), the project focuses on the changing dynamics and implications of South- South cooperation, in the context of South Africa's avowed commitment to this cause in its international relations. The need to understand the complexities of South-South dynamics and their implications for foreign policy is particularly urgent for South Africa, which, while working to advance South-South multilateralism, must also contend with the corresponding need to remain true to other universal values underpinning its foreign policy as well as guarantee the specific interests of its immediate environment, that is, the African continent.

Key Themes

In recent times, South-South cooperation has received renewed attention, inspired mainly by the emergence of new southern clubs such as IBSA, BRICS and CELAC. This trend reflects a growing push by developing countries to respond to current global challenges in a coherent and concerted manner.


Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aim of the project is therefore to contribute, through critical research and dialogue, towards a nuanced understanding of contemporary South-South cooperation. In particular, it seeks to appreciate the basis on which countries in the South cooperate or compete with one another, and the implication of these dynamics for South Africa's policy.


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