2020’s been a turbulent year for China’s relations with African countries amid the ongoing pandemic, a worsening debt crisis and an eruption of racial tensions. While those are no doubt difficult challenges, it’s also important to note that a lot of good things also happened this year.
Trade volumes remain surprisingly strong, Chinese tech investment on the continent is booming and people-to-people ties, especially among students, media and government officials, are all doing relatively well all things considered.
Dr. David Monyae, director of the Africa-China Centre at the University of Johannesburg and co-director of the school’s Confucius Institute is optimistic about the future of China-Africa relations despite many of the current difficulties. He joins Eric & Cobus to look back on some of the key issues that arose in 2020 and shares a few insights about what to look for in the year ahead.
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Dr. David Monyae is director of the Centre for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg and co-director of the school’s Confucius Institute. An international relations and foreign policy expert, he holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. He previously served as Section Manager: International Relations Policy Analysis at the South African Parliament, providing strategic management, parliamentary foreign policy formulation, and monitoring and analysis services. Prior to that he served as Policy Analyst at the Development Bank Southern Africa (DBSA), where he undertook extensive research on Regional Economic Communities (RECS) in Africa, with a special focus on infrastructure investment opportunities for the DBSA. He also designed and launched the DBSA’s Policy Briefs and Working Papers, and represented the Bank on major infrastructure projects in Africa.
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