Webinar on 100th anniversary of the CPC

H.E. Amb. Chen Xiaodong
Prof Tshilidzi Marwala
Mr Solly Mapaila

On Tuesday 22 June 2021, the CACS, in partnership with the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, hosted a zoom webinar on ‘The 100th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC)’.


The event was chaired by Dr David Monyae, Co-Director of the UJ Confucius Institute and the UJ Centre for Africa-China Studies.

The welcoming address was delivered by Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg.

The main speaker was H.E. Amb. Chen Xiaodong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of South Africa.

The other speakers were:

DGS Solly Mapaila, First Deputy Secretary, South African Communist Party

Prof Chen Dongxiao, President, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)

Prof Jeremy Cronin, former Deputy Minister of Public Works; former deputy general secretary of the SACP; former member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC

Prof He Wenping, Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Dr Ibbo Mandaza, Executive Chairman, Southern African Political Economy Series (SAPES) Trust

Prof Chuanhong Zhang, Director, Centre for International Development Cooperation Studies, College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA), China Agricultural University

Dr Obert Hodzi, lecturer in politics, University of Liverpool

H.E. Mr Shu Zhan, Director, African Studies Centre, China Foundation for International Studies; former Chinese ambassador to Eritrea and Rwanda

Prof Vladimir Shubin, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Research Fellow, Centre for Military Studies, Stellenbosch University

Dr Zhu Ming, Research Fellow, Centre for West Asian and African Studies; Institute for Global Governance Studies, SIIS

Prof Peng Yi, Co-Director, UJ Centre for Africa-China Studies


On 1 July 2021, the Communist Party of China (CPC) will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Born in a time of hardship and strife, it has survived to govern China for 71 years. In this webinar, analysts from China, Africa, and elsewhere reviewed the party’s history and analysed its impact on China, the world community as well as Africa.

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