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First South Africa-China Dialogue at Wits University

When: Thursday, 22 February 2018 - Thursday, 22 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House, Braamfontein Campus East Campus
Start time:8:30


Cost: Free

20 Years of South Africa-China Engagements: Past, Present and Future

The Wits Africa-China Reporting Project in Wits Journalism and China Daily Africa present the first South Africa-China Dialogue of 2018, entitled 20 Years of South Africa-China Engagements: Past, Present and Future.

Official South Africa-China diplomatic relations commenced on 1 January 1998. Thus, in 2018, the two countries are celebrating 20 years of relations. This anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on engagements over the past two decades and for envisioning the future.

To commemorate the milestone, the Wits Africa-China Reporting Project and China Daily Africa are organising a series of four dialogues in each quarter of 2018. These dialogues will explore the trajectory of past engagements, current dynamics and anticipated developments in the future. Each dialogue event will feature persons knowledgeable in the South Africa-China field in government, academia, the corporate sector and civil society. The aim is to bring experts together to share their experience in relations with interactive audiences.

Presentations at the dialogues will be published in an edited volume as a means of recording deliberations for posterity and for use by the intellectual community.

The inaugural dialogue takes places at Wits University on 22 February 2018 and will have a broad focus covering the themes of history, diplomacy, international relations and politics, economics and trade, culture and people-to-people exchanges.

Speakers on the programme at the first dialogue on 22 February will include:

  • Wits University Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib;
  • H.E. Ambassador Dr Manelisi Genge, Chief Director: East Asia & Oceania, DIRCO;
  • Melanie Yap, Co-author of Colour, Confusion & Concessions: The History of the Chinese in South Africa;
  • Kobus van der Wath, Managing Director of The Beijing Axis; and
  • Erwin Pon, Chairman of the Chinese Association of South Africa.
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