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17 September 2015
09:00 - 12:30

Date:  Thursday, 17 September

Time: 09:00 – 12:30

   VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

This HSRC seminar series is co-sponsored by DST and the Embassy to the Peoples Republic of China

Since initiating market reforms in 1978, China experienced rapid economic and social development. GDP growth averaging about 10 percent a year has lifted more than 500 million people out of poverty.

With a population of 1.3 billion, China recently became the second largest economy and is increasingly playing an important and influential role in the global economy.  China’s growth has had an influence on Africa as China recently became the largest trading partner, with trade of US$90 billion in 2009. 

Moreover, through the Forum on China Africa Cooperation infrastructural development has mushroomed on the continent.  In October, 2013, President Xi Jinping proposed the One Belt One Road (OBOR). The OBOR is a development strategy and framework, which could increase infrastructural development between the two regions.  Furthermore, in 2014, President Xi Jinping also published a book titled The Governance of China which addresses current and future relations on the global platform.  The book which has sold over 4.5 million copies will be reviewed by various scholars to determine the impact of China’s economic and political governance on South Africa and the continent.
Key Note Speakers:

Ms Jessie Duarte, Deputy Secretary General of the African National Congress
His Excellency Ambassador TIAN Xuejun,  Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
Dr Essop Pahad, Editor of The Thinker & Former Minister in the Presidency
Panel Chair:

Mr. Chris Maroleng, MTN Executive
Prof Garth Shelton,  Witwatersrand University
Dr Ross Anthony Interim Director, Centre for China Studies
Ms Funeka Yazini April, Research Specialist, HSRC
Dr ZHAO Kejin, Deputy Professor of Tsinghua University
Mr HUANG Youyi, Former Deputy Minister of China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

RSVP: 15 September 2015

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or, or Tanya Fraser, 021 4668093

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact, Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or ; Hlengiwe Zulu,

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: , Mr Sam Lekala, Tel: +27 12 316 9753,  E-mail: