Compiled 6 December 2014
South African president Jacob Zuma in China
From the South African press:
Mail and Guardian / AFP
• Zuma: China can free Africa from ‘colonial shackles’
South African President Jacob Zuma said on Friday that China’s growing influence in Africa would allow the continent to free itself from “colonial shackles” as he wound up a visit to Beijing…
…Zuma, whose party led the struggle against apartheid, added that in African countries’ relations with “Europe in particular, you are regarded as either a former subject or a second and third class kind of a person”. But “the relationship between China and African countries, particularly South Africa, is different”, he said.
“We relate as brothers and sisters to do business together, not because one is a poor cousin.”…
…“We have people in Cape Town who claim descent from from Chinese 15th century sailors,” he said.
The first European sailor to explore southern Africa, Bartolomeu Dias, rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1488.
Chinese Admiral Zheng He embarked on a two-year expedition in the 1400s that took his fleet of 300 ships as far as East Africa. Historians do not generally believe that he visited Africa’s southern tip, but Zuma said that “we have to know more” about Zheng, whom he called a “great Chinese navigator”.
• Jacob goes to Beijing
South Africa’s foreign policy once again sustained significant damages to its image when the Dalai Lama withdrew his visa application earlier this year after it was hinted he wouldn’t be able to come to South Africa. In solidarity, Nobel laureates decided not to come as the government displayed its obsequiousness to Beijing. China thanked SA for its “correct position” on the matter.
It was an embarrassment to the country. As Zuma meets Chinese leaders this week and holds discussions with our largest trading partner, there should be high pressure on the president to at least take advantage of his friendship with the economic giant and bring back more than an honorary degree to boost South Africa’s floundering economy.
Deals announced during the visit:
Fresh Fruit Portal
China green lights South African apple imports
The People’s Daily
Talking about the Constitution
Fei Chang Dao
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China Youth Net
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The People’s Daily
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• Confucius Institutes defended after debate in US
• China’s influence threatens American universities, experts say
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