Discussion: The Chinese-South African Relationship

By Novell Zwange – Kalk Bay Books Discussion Forum is on early next month. The topics addresses the question; Is there a link between the New Confucianism and Ubuntu in the emerging China-South Africa relationship?

John Battersby, former editor of the Sunday Independent and now UK Country Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), explains that as China is now South Africa’s largest trading partner and the relationship between the two countries has been

upgraded to ‘strategic’, it is important to start building people-to-people and culture-to-culture relations between the two countries.

As part of this initiative, Battersby will host a discussion at Kalk Bay Books with Professor Tu Wei-ming, Harvard University’s leading authority on Chinese culture and Confucianism, exploring whether there is any dialogue to be be had between the values central to Confucianism and the Southern Africa philosophy of ubuntu.

Professor Tu will be visiting South Africa as a guest of the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University. Organisers are looking forward to hosting him for this discussion and hope members of the public can join them for what is sure to be a thought-provoking evening.

When: Tuesday 5 October 2010

Where: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

RSVP: by Friday 1 October to Discussion forum at Kalk Bay Books


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