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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 2(9), pp. 211 217, October, 2014.  

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2014.048

ISSN: 2360-784X



Research Paper



The Sino-South African Strategic Partnership: Negotiating Self-Interest or Mutual Cooperation


Fanie Herman


National ChungHsin University, Graduate Institute of International Politics, Taiwan.

 E-mail: tokkief@yahoo.com,  Tel/Fax: 098860405037.


Accepted 26 October 2014




States distinguish between various goals of diplomacy to promote their interests in another state. They do so to gain advantage in political, economic and socio-cultural matters with diplomats tasked to maneuver their state’s positions. This work in particular examines the role that diplomats play in translating the Sino-South African Strategic Partnership into a framework for the harmonizing of national interests. These interests are negotiated between state leaders, visits by high-level officials, in discussion forums, such as the Forum on China-African Cooperation (Focac), and media reports. With this in mind, the aim is to shed light on the negotiating skills of diplomats in adding value to these interests, indicating that diplomats shape the Sino-South African bilateral relationship through specific arts of negotiation. The attempt is not to conduct an in-depth investigation into ‘behind the scenes’ negotiations but rather to present a broad analysis of interests.

Keywords: China, South Africa, Bilateral Relationship, Negotiation, Interests, Culture



Cite This Article As: Herman F (2014). The Sino-South African Strategic Partnership: Negotiating Self-Interest or Mutual Cooperation. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 2(9): 211-217.






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