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[AUDIO] How Taiwan Became a Divisive Wedge Issue in South Africa

South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), now sees the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party’s close ties to China as a vulnerability that the DA aims to exploit. Evidence of this new strategy came in December when the DA mayor of Pretoria, Solly Msimanga, made an independent trip to Taiwan, sparking immediate outrage from the Chinese government, the South African ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s relationship status with South Africa: “it’s complicated”

South Africa’s relationship with China has undergone a profound transformation in a remarkably short period of time. In less than twenty years, these two countries have gone from barely acknowledging one another to developing a deep partnership that transcends economics, politics and ideology. Pretoria’s recent public backing of Beijing’s position in the bitter territorial dispute in the South China Sea ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Dalai Lama forces China to overplay its hand in South Africa

Pretoria’s apparent refusal to grant Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates has sparked outrage in South Africa. Critics allege the government is bowing to China, undermining South African sovereignty. China’s long-held policy toward The Dalai Lama is clear: any country that welcomes him will pay a price either diplomatically, economically ... Read More »

[AUDIO] South Africa to Dalai Lama: ‘you’re not welcome’ (really)

For a third consecutive time, South Africa has made it clear to the Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama that he is not welcome to visit. Most recently, the DL was informed he would not receive a visa, forcing the controversial religious leader to cancel his visit to attend the upcoming World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in October. Although ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China fast becoming South Africa’s new best friend

No where in Africa is China’s engagement more comprehensive than it is in South Africa. China Inc. has set up shop throughout SA for manufacturing, finance and as the continent’s valuable consumer market. In turn, South Africa is now becoming so reliant on its booming raw material trade with China that both its currency and stock market are effectively pegged ... Read More »