Author: Kwesi Aning, Delphine Lecoutre.
Relations between the People’s Republic of China (PRC; China) and Africa have a long
history and have seen several changes over the course of time. Two of the critical and
most commonly known phases are China’s role in Africa during the Cold War and,
recently, the perception that China’s ventures in Africa are motivated mainly by its quest
for energy security.
Viewed objectively, there are few reasons for China to establish close strategic relations
with Africa. China and Africa are geographically far apart and share neither language
nor culture. Yet, in the 10
the Egyptian city of Alexandria started trading
with China. Subsequently, Chinese and Africans came into contact because of Arab and
European maritime expeditions occasioned by the slave trade.