South Africas changing foreign policy in a multi-polar world - the influence of China and other emerging powers
CITATION: Anthony, R., Tembe, P. & Gull, O. 2014. South Africa's changing foreign policy in a multi-polar world - the influence of China and other emerging powers. Centre for Chinese Studies. Research Report, September 15
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In recent years, critics of the South African government have accused it of increasingly abandoning its commitments to human rights and democracy in its international engagements. In addition to this being viewed as a turn toward an ‘African agenda’, the growing geopolitical influence of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) grouping has also been attributed to this perceived shift. As South Africa’s largest trading partner, China in particular has been singled out as exerting influence on relations with other countries. This mini-report discusses certain evidence related to this shift, including South Africa’s engagement with issues of human rights as well as its relationship with China. South Africa’s changing behaviour needs to be grasped within the context of broader geopolitical shifts and how a shared experience of colonialism unifies these new partners.