Sanusha Naidu and Stephen Marks

With the 2009 Forum for China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit approaching, Pambazuka News's China–Africa Watch editorial team invites views and opinions on the event from readers.

The recent decision by the South African government to deny the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a peace conference organised as has provoked acute public outrage in South Africa. Caught in the eye of the storm of international and domestic public opinion, the South African presidency blighted itself by arguing that ‘The South African government does not have a problem with the Dalai Lama….But at this time the whole world will be focused on the country as hosts of the 2010 World Cup. We want the more