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Sino-SA Relations in the UN Security Council

From left to right are Prof Peng Yi, Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, Dr David Monyae, Ambassador Lin Songtian, Dr Sithembile Mbete, Adv Doctor Mashabane, and a political counsellor in the Chinese Embassy. Image: The Visual Studio.

Critical questions asked about prospects for collaboration

On Thursday 16 May 2019, the UJ Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) and the UJ Library hosted a seminar on the subject of ‘South Africa and China at the United Nations Security Council’.

The speakers were Prof Tshilidzi Marwala; UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Prof Saurabh Sinha, UJ Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation; Amb. Lin Songtian, Chinese Ambassador to South Africa; Adv Doctor Mashabane, Chief Director: United Nations in the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO); Amb. Welile Nhlapo,  former South African Ambassador to the United States; and Dr Sithembile Mbete, lecturer in international relations at the University of Pretoria, and an expert on the UNSC.

Attendees included UJ staff; UJ students; government officials; and Australian, Russian, British and French diplomats. Dr Essop Pahad, former Minister in the Presidency, and Aziz Pahad, former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, also attended.

The seminar focused on South Africa’s current two-year term (its third since the advent of democracy in 1994) as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC), on which China occupies a permanent seat. It provided a platform for scholars and policy-makers to reflect on previous shared terms, paint a clear picture of the present policy landscape, discuss areas of mutual interest between South Africa and China, and assess the outlook for collaboration on the UNSC. READ MORE


Seminar on 'Russia-Africa Relations in the 21st Century'

On Friday 22 November 2019, the UJ Centre for Africa-China Studies will host a public seminar on ‘Russia-Africa Relations in the 21st Century: Renewed Focus and Engagement’. The main speaker will be H.E. Mr Igorevich Rogachev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho. Read more


Launch of Centre for China-Africa Studies

The UJCI has established an autonomous division – the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) – that focuses specifically on research and publication. The opening took place at the UJCI on Thursday 22 November 2018. Read more

Chinese Minister visits UJ and the UJCI

On Friday 14 September 2018, China’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Xu Nanping, visited the University of Johannesburg, where he was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, as well as other UJ representatives. He also visited the UJCI. Read more

Prof Peng Yi joins the UJCI

Professor Peng Yi of Nanjing Tech University has joined the UJCI as Chinese Co-Director, succeeding Prof Yin Fulin. Her term will last until 2020. Read more


CACS Belt & Road Policy Brief No 1

Sino-Egyptian Industrial and Infrastructure Cooperation: Determinants and Outcomes. Dr Emmanuel Matambo, May 2019. Read more

Encounter with China

UJCI students reflect on their experiences during the Confucius Institute Winter Camp in December 2018. Read more

CACS Policy Brief No 6

The 2018 FOCAC Summit: Prospects for an African Multilateral Policy towards China in a Changing Global Economy. Bongane Gasela, October 2018.  Read more

Our Journey to China

UJCI students write about their experiences in China during Summer Camp 2018. September 2018. Read more

UJ CACS Occasional Paper No 7

The domestic origins and global implications of China's reform and opening up. Dr Zhu Ming, October 2019. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 6

Sino-Ethiopian Trade and Investment Relations: Actors, Determinants and Trends. Dr Messay Mulugeta, September 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 5

Sino-Kenyan Co-operation: Whither the West? Dr Westen K Shilaho, March 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 4

Sino-African Relations in 2017: Where to from here ? Dr David Monyae and Bhaso Ndzendze. January 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 5

Sino-South African Relations after Twenty: Key Lessons. Dr David Monyae and Gibson Banda. January 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 3

The US, Russia, China and Africa in the Evolving Global Order. Dr David Monyae. November 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 4

Implications of the US-led War on Terror for Africa-China relations. Bhaso Ndzendze. October 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 3

The Relevance of Ubuntu for African Development and International Relations in the Global Future: Comments on Muxe Nkondo. Professor Peter O Ndege. September 2017.  Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 2

Ubuntu as Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities. Professor Muxe Nkondo. July 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 1

China's Soft-Power Status (via UN Peacekeeping) and its Implications for the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). Martin R. Rupiya. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 2

The BRICS Model of South-South Cooperation. Swaran Singh, August 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 1

BRICS Studies: Some Suggested Themes. Chris Landsberg, Francis A. Kornegay Jr and Mzukisi Qobo. Read more

Africa-China Policy Brief

Regional Industrialisation in Southern Africa: The Role of African-Sino Partnerships. Based on a policy research seminar held by the UJCI and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Southern Africa Office, in collaboration with Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP). Read more


Second Semester 2019

The UJCI is currently accepting applications for Basic Mandarin, Intermediate Mandarin, Advanced Mandarin, HSK Mandarin I-V, and Chinese Martial Arts for the second semester of 2019. For Application and Registration Guidelines, click here. Please note that applications for all Mandarin courses will close on 26 July 2019.


Why study Mandarin ?

Given South Africa's burgeoning ties with China, there is a growing need for South Africans to learn to speak, read and write Mandarin. Read more

UJCI programmes

Advanced students in Mandarin at the UJCI are eligible  for bursaries enabling them to further their studies in China. Read more

Courses in Mandarin

The UJCI offers accredited courses in Basic Mandarin, Intermediate Mandarin, Advanced Mandarin, as well as courses in HSK Mandarin I - V. Read more