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South African foreign policy and China: converging visions, competing interests, contested identities

Alden, Chris and Wu, Yu-Shan (2016) South African foreign policy and China: converging visions, competing interests, contested identities. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 54 (2). pp. 203-231. ISSN 1466-2043

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14662043.2016.1151170

Abstract

South Africa's burgeoning relationship with China exposes the increasing complexities of its post-apartheid international relations. On one hand bilateral relations have deepened since 1998, due to the increasing complementarities with South Africa's foreign policy priorities that emphasise developmental pragmatism and a Southward orientation within the broader African context. On the other hand this relationship emphasises the deeper schisms within South African society itself, where divergent and multi-layered perspectives on South Africa's post-apartheid identity and relationship with China, the country's largest trading partner, remains unresolved. This article maps out the nature of China–South Africa relations through a thematic approach. This allows for nuanced consideration of South Africa's contemporary foreign policy, one that remains compressed between a combination of external and domestic factors.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fccp20
Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 14:12
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 15:38
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67110

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