Bhaso Ndzendze — Researcher in International Political Economy

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I am the Research Director at the University of Johannesburg Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) and the Research Coordinator at the University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute (UJCI), and Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). I am also a PhD candidate at Wits University.

Currently, my work is extensively focused on the relationship between African countries and the People’s Republic of China, as well the African continent’s relationship with the United States. My PhD research is a quantitative analysis of the international political economy of interstate war in 20th century Africa.

Latest publications

African Democratisation and the One-China Policy



A modest theory I’ve been working on using 7 case studies: electoral competitiveness in newly democratic African states leads to recognition of China over Taiwan in the 21st century. Read the peer-reviewed briefing here:





‘Catching Up After Half a Millennium’:Jeffrey Sachs on the Chinese Development Model.

This paper reviews the portrayal of Chinese economic history and more recent economic policy in the book The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (2005) by the renowned American economist Jeffrey Sachs, specifically in a chapter entitled ‘Catching Up After Half a Millennium’. It traverses Sachs’s insights about past developments as well as future directions in China, particularly in respect of public health and the country’s east-west and north-south inequalities; and his comparative analysis of the economic reform attempts of China and the former Soviet sphere, and their differentiated outcomes. Therefore, the paper offers a meta-analysis of the convergence of Sachs’ analyses as they relate to other literature as well as empirical evidence not referred to or contrary to predictions made in the text some fifteen years after its publication. [DOWNLOAD HERE]