Sino-Africa Relations: An Overview
Sino-Africa relations refer to the historical, political, economic, military, social, and cultural connections between China and the African continent. Little is known about ancient relations between the African continent and China, although there is some evidence of early trade connections. For instance, highlights of medieval time contacts were the fourteenth century-journey of Ibn Battuta, the Moroccan scholar and traveler, to parts of China1; the fourteenth-century journey of Said of Mogadishu, the Somali scholar and explorer, to China; and the fifteenth-century Ming Dynasty voyages of Chinese Admiral Zheng He and his fleet, which rounded the coast of Somalia passing the Ajuran Sultanate, and followed the coast down to the Mozambique Channel2 in Southern Africa.
There are traces and evidence of Chinese activity in Africa dating back as far as the Tang Dynasty. Chinese porcelain was found along the coasts of Egypt in North Africa.3Chinese coins, dating back to the...