Author: Garth Shelton.
Shelton, Garth. February 2012. "Hong Kong — South Africa's Gateway to China." Ocassional Paper No 108 26.
South Africa has responded to the rise of East Asia by building new commercial links with the
region, especially with China. South Africa has sought to build a strategic partnership with
the Asian giant in the hope of securing a key political ally and an economic development
partner. In this context, Hong Kong has been a key economic and diplomatic link for South
Africa in East Asia and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. The China–
South Africa economic relationship has brought Hong Kong into focus as an important,
and possibly the most important, gateway for South Africa’s entry to China. The purpose
of this study is to investigate the importance of Hong Kong as an entry point to China, as
Hong Kong is a very effective hub and logistics base with excellent access to the Chinese
market. Along with a well developed business-friendly environment and the freest economy
in the world, Hong Kong offers significant commercial opportunities. This research suggests
that Hong Kong will remain a key gateway for South Africa to access Mainland China for
at least the next ten years.