History of China Africa Relationship before the Second World War
The history of China African relationship can be traced down to 15th century when Zheng He, a diplomat belonging to the Ming Dynasty arrived in the East African coast. He had visited the kingdom of Sultan of Malindi, who was a prominent and a well known ruler in eastern Kenya.
During the times of the Ming Dynasty when Chinese merchants and diplomats were visiting Egypt and Ethiopia, the region of Somali in Africa was also an important point of call. In this meet at Somali, it is rumored that he was gifted a ship named as giraffe, which sank on the way to China (Feis, 1964).
During the times of Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), China was successful in establishing great relationship with Africa. Official contact had diminished but personal contacts were established. There was direct trade between these nations after the indirect trade. In order to publish the books on Africa, China was dependent on African travels and history. The direct relations between China and Africa were established in 19th century when European Nations began to intervene into Africa.