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Vol 1 (AAC) No 2

Published 1st December 2007

Soft power & the glory

Cultural partnerships and Confucius institutes show a wider ambition beyond trade and strategic resources

When China pledged 20 million renminbi this year for education projects in South Africa to include the teaching of Mandarin in 50 local high schools, it was an indication of an emerging trend in relations between Beijing and Africa. In addition to high-profile trade deals and development projects, China is increasingly committed to the development of cultural ties with its new partners.

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