Asia-Africa Relations: Stronghold of Culture and Business
This connection packs a punch far stronger and better than what meets the eye
All countries are their own states, but a continent is an overhead indication of overall progress and development. Continents are not only about the physical attributes of territory and space. They are about culture and roots.
Trade, business, investments
Africa and Asia
Asia, the earth’s vast haven of tradition and culture:
Asia is the largest continent in the world with a combined population of 4.4 billion people. That makes up
Africa, the earth’s sanctuary of diversity and beauty:
Africa is the second largest continent in the world, almost topping the charts with a whopping combined population of 1.2 billion. The land is connected to Asia by Egypt’s Isthmus of Suez, a bridge of land that separates the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Its resources, such as soil and water, are linked to rich and prosperous growth as proven by its history. The continent is home to the longest river in the world, the Nile River. This river of nourishment played a huge and fundamental role
African land is inhabitable by many animals. The northern area, which mostly comprises of
What’s on the Business Front: Political and Economic Relations
Economic ties between Africa and Asia have been in continuous growth in recent years. Both continents have shown interest in being more invested in the other’s inner-economic operations. For almost twenty years, Asia has been vocal about getting involved with Africa and improving relations, specifically regarding investments and financial instigations. This is particularly true for a certain country in Asia that which holds the largest amount of investments in Africa by a long shot. China’s relationship with Africa is by far the most substantial when compared to other Asian countries.
China is the most distinguished entity
The decision to invest this amount of financial aid to Africa has been discussed as a wise strategic ploy in China’s part. Initially, it was apparent that China decided to aid Africa mainly for the benefit of the former’s One Belt, One Road initiative, a project that involves developing infrastructure in Europe, Asia, and most importantly, Africa. China eventually started investing in other sectors, specifically trade relations. This is regarded as yet another strategic maneuver given Africa’s abundance of resources.
All in all, China’s absorption with the continent can be summed up with only a couple of words: political influence. China is already
China’s ties with the whole of Africa is a perfect representation of Asia’s relationship with the former continent. China embodies the way Asia regards Africa, and that is, a land full of potential and growth— enough potential to reach unimaginable heights in the economic sector given all its natural and innate beauty, resources and intelligence.
Africa’s states will reach new lengths with the contribution and
What are the Similarities: Cultural Exchanges
Some cultural practices are so ingrained into one’s mind that it usually just becomes the norm, and when it is so customary, it can get a little difficult to detach and see that these habits and traditions didn’t pop out of anywhere— they come from a profound and diverse place. Africa and Asia share similar cultural customs, seeing as both continents have immense diversity and deep roots with taking part in colonial legacies, particularly when it comes to ancestry and origins.
Here are some of the many cultural trademarks these two continents have in common:
They strongly imprint in the belief of respecting one’s elders and predecessors.
This belief originated from the teachings of Confucius, a Chinese teacher
They mostly consume rice as it is regarded as a staple food.
Rice is the element of food that feels half of the entire world population, Asia and Africa. Both continents rely on this wheat crop for nutrition, and
They speak in tonal languages.
Tonal languages are defined by the impact a certain tone has on the words being spoken. The difference in tone can completely alter the meaning and implication of the words. Africa and Asia are continents with 54 and 48 countries, respectively. Most of these states in both continents have established languages that inspire tonemes,
Continental Impact: Asia and Africa’s Influences
Archaeologists and researchers have found that there lies evidence of undeniable communication between Africa and Asia during early periods of the first millennium, specifically with the Middle East and East Africa. Once trade had begun between states, East Africa was in business with most of the Middle East, India
This is especially true when it comes to art and pottery. China has exported ceramics for centuries with Africa as one of its popular trade connections. Many cutleries and tableware between China and Africa have proven to depict indisputable similarities. These two entities are so intertwined through time that there has been speculation that some Chinese people are from African descent.
In many Chinese and North Korean art, there are many graphics and portrayals of dark-skinned individuals with afros, the natural hairstyle of natives from Africa. Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, connects deeply with Africa using the medium of art. In other cases, these imageries are used as propaganda in an effort to depict unity and opposition towards the United States, a tie that Africa does not exactly particularly favor given the history of slave labor.
Some countries in Southeast Asia engage in the practice of batik, a process making use of wax to create designs on fabric. This tradition is very prevalent in West Africa with regards to the art of making the apparel, as well as contributing to the influence of their culture using these designs as an active theme. Furthermore, it does not have to take a close inspection to notice that the designs concocted by both continents have major similarities in design and patterns. This goes to show that these shared inspirations exhibit clear commonalities and apparent flows of influence between both parties.
Allies and Friendships: Do Asia and Africa get Along?
Many countries in Asia and Africa respectively have great economic and political relationships which mean that both continents have high regards for each other, and a lot to do with this is Africa’s strong relationship with China. Though the country has invested billions into the continent, it is not the only believer of Africa. India has invested millions in Egypt alone— imagine its contributions to the rest of the land. Both India and China are spreading Africa’s market while instilling exposure, and this has been regarded as the most helpful act to do towards Africa. Specifically, aiding the land in the mission to finding places for their products.
Japan and North Korea seek to assist in further financial aid and investment and progressive diplomatic relations. Though there are competitive streaks between China and Japan, the latter
North Korea desires to build stronger diplomatic relations with Africa in an effort to gain leverage over South Korea’s relationship with Africa which has been very fruitful and friendly. Once again, competition has taken hold of Asian countries when it comes to prospering ties with Africa.
It is safe to say that most of Asia