Journal of Political Science and Development
International Journal of Political Science and Development
Vol. 2(9), pp. 211 –217, October, 2014.
The Sino-South African Strategic Partnership: Negotiating Self-Interest or Mutual Cooperation
National ChungHsin University, Graduate Institute of International Politics, Taiwan.
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Accepted 26 October 2014
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.
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.