The state of Sino-African relations





Introduction by the Chair


Dr Théodore Trefon, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren


Keynote Address

Ambassador Lu Shaye, Director-General, Department of African Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry


Discussion and Q&A


The state of Sino-African relations


Africa has been long neglected on the world stage and often perceived as having limited significance in global affairs. This view has begun to shift as the continent’s considerable natural resource endowment and the rise in global demand for energy resources are rapidly increasing the continent’s strategic weight. In the last decade, China’s engagement with Africa has deepened substantially beyond economic cooperation. It has, for instance, stepped up its presence in the field of security, actively participating in peacekeeping operations. Despite different attitudes towards issues of governance, sovereignty and human rights, the European Commission signalled in 2008 its intention to step up efforts to engage in dialogue with both China and Africa in a report entitled ‘The EU, Africa and China: towards trilateral dialogue and cooperation on peace, stability and sustainable development’.


Ambassador Lu Shaye, Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of China’s Foreign Ministry and ambassador to Senegal between 2005 and 2009, will share his insights on key developments in Sino-African relations. The roundtable will be chaired by Dr Théodore Trefon from the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren.


This event is by invitation only, with priority access for EIAS members.


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March 7th, 2013 4:30 PM   through   6:00 PM

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