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Improving the Sino-African Relationship
- Monday, 07 December 2015
- By Foreign Affairs/ Luke Patey and Zhang Chun
At the 6th Forum on China–Africa Cooperation last Friday in Johannesburg, a new relationship between the world’s second-largest economy and its fastest rising continent was on display. The forum is the main platform for official high-level political and economic dialogue between Africa and China, held once every three years. China made headlines at the event by announcing a $60 billion package of loans, aid, investment, and other financial support to Africa.
Media Statement by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H. E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane upon the closing of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
- Saturday, 05 December 2015
- By DIRCO/H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
The past two days have witnessed the historic hosting of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in South Africa. This was the first FOCAC Summit held on African soil.
FOCAC starts today in South Africa
- Friday, 04 December 2015
- By Brand South Africa/Brand South Africa Information
Ties between China and Africa are expected to strengthen as the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit commences today. The historic event, the first to be hosted in Africa, will run till tomorrow in Joburg, South Africa.
Open a New Era of China-Africa Win-Win Cooperation and Common Development
- Friday, 04 December 2015
- By DIRCO/ H. E. Xi Jinping
Your Excellency President Zuma,
Your Excellency President Mugabe, Rotating Chairperson of the African Union,
Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government,
Your Excellency Dr. Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
US to suspend SA duty-free farm trade status
- Friday, 06 November 2015
- By Money Web/Nicole Gaouette and Billy House
The US plans to suspend trade benefits on agricultural goods from South Africa, intensifying a dispute over that country’s restrictions on farm imports that had pitted farmers in the two nations against each other.
South Africa's conduct of international relations, especially its role in international organisations like the UN Security Council, its choice of strategic partnerships, its leadership role in Africa, its public engagement and foreign policy decision making, has been intensely debated in the recent past. The FPA programme aims to provide a nuanced analysis and facilitate a structured discussion of South Africa's foreign policy in a changing world environment for purposes of informing its future direction.
The purpose of this focus area is to unpack the extent to which the policy in its making, its nature and its application constitutes a principled and pragmatic response to a complex international environment. In doing so, we hope to be guided by an objective to promote a foreign policy that positions SA as a responsible global citizen committed to building bridges between various power blocs for the benefit of Africa and South Africans.