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Contextualising China’s Role in Global Governance
Author: Marlo van Wyk
Published: 01/06/2023

​Harmony, China's most cherished social value, excellently mirrors the social impact of rationale, propriety, and compatibility; three characteristics that can be seen reflected within the key objectives of global governance.

With China emerging as a noticeable entity in global governance and striving to establish its centrality in this international system, it is also commemorating 25 years of diplomatic relations with South Africa. Prof. Qingxiu Bu, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Sussex, recently observed an importance of developing a better understanding of China's contribution to global challenges and affairs, significantly in the context of China-South Africa relations.

During an academic visit to Stellenbosch University on 10 – 23 April 2023, Prof. Bu presented this observation to a public audience through a series of lectures and seminars hosted by the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University.

The key objective of Prof. Bu's lecture series were to deepen a public understanding on critical themes such as transnational threats, global governance, and multilateralism. Within a series of six engaging lectures, it has been Prof. Bu's aim to clarify and present China's developing role in global governance through providing seminar-style information sessions that would prompt candid exchanges and discussions between audiences.

Furthermore, by contextualising Sino-Africa's increasing development in political, economic, technical, scientific, and socio-cultural domains, a common theme of building a social consensus for future globalisation was projected. This lecture series, however, was not only designed for achieving a deepened understanding of China's role in global governance, but also to provide a space for public audiences to actively engage and respond to cutting-edge global challenges that arise in the Sino-African context.

In collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University, Prof Bu's lectures enabled various audiences to discuss innovative ways that aim to promote prosperous and inclusive international collaboration in a post-pandemic era; and in turn promote global harmony.