The Centre for Africa-China studies was launched at the University of Johannesburg, yesterday. The Centre is set to play a major role in assessing Africa-China relations and also challenge fake news “misunderstandings” – miscommunications about the relations. It will be a verifier of information, as it will be able to provide reliable statistics.
Centre for Africa-China relations director, David Monyae said that concentration should be placed on reliable statistics. “We as scholars, we do not have analytical stats on projects done due to the Africa and China relations.” Monyae is also a co-director at the Confucius Institute at the University of Johannesburg.
It will focus on relations, industry 4.O, the development of major infrastructure – including the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The centre is said to play a major role in deepening relations between South Africa and China. Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtin said that the centre will also play a crucial role in deepening relations with the African continent.