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Cobus van Staden

Senior Researcher: China-Africa at South African Institute of International Affairs

My work in China-Africa related issues ranges across two fields. Firstly, I am an academic and think tank researcher. In this capacity, I focus on Chinese public diplomacy in Africa, flows of Asian media to Africa, and the impact of multilateral institutions on China-Africa relations. In the latter field I have focused on China’s engagement with Africa in forums such as the G20, FOCAC and the BRI.

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