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China, South Africa and the Dalai Lama: costs and benefits

Whether the government grants or does not grant a political figure from far-flung India a visa to come to South Africa is of little concern to rural farmers in Kwa-Zulu Natal or Mpumalanga. These populations are the bread and butter of the ANC electorate; denying the Dalai Lama a visa will have little bearing on who they will vote for in the next election. Continue Reading

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China in Hong Kong: Why South Africa should be worried

Attacks and harassment of journalists are at their highest ever in Hong Kong. The police does not treat reported attacks on journalists seriously. Media is also under pressure from advertisers, who are often forced to pull ads from publications that are not pro-Beijing. With the Chinese government buying into South African media properties, Ufrieda Ho writes that Hong Kong should awaken South Africa to what could happen. Continue Reading