As of 2012, there were roughly one million Chinese living throughout the continent of Africa. Some of these individuals and families are migrants while others were born in Africa. Living in such close proximity fosters African-Chinese friendships and even marriages. These sorts of interactions also occur in China: for example, I am an African-American woman living in China and I am currently dating a Chinese man. I have also met many African business owners and students here in Shanghai. Such interactions serve as a positive influence on the trust that Africans and Chinese have for each other.
Language is another important factor that determines the relationships of individual Africans in China. While English often fills this gap, some Africans and Chinese learn each other’s language. I have personally encountered many African students that are fluent in Chinese, who speak so well they can attend university classes in Chinese. I believe that when a foreigner speaks to a native person in the local language, it fosters good will between the two. I experience this on a regular basis when I speak in my subpar Mandarin. People feel that I respect their culture and show appreciation of my efforts. The goodwill generated by these sorts of efforts are particularly important in China, as personal relations have a stronger bearing on business than in the United States. In China, a level of personal comfort between the parties must be reached before business will proceed. Accordingly, business deals often begin with more social activities (i.e. dinner, small talk, etc.).
In these are some of my limited observations that i hope to expand upon in later posts.
 Chinese in Africa, January 30, 2013, http://china-africa-jinghao.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-many-chinese-are-in-africa.html
 Chinese South Africans, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Chinese
 News One for Black America, June 29, 2011, http://newsone.com/1348035/chinese-men-marrying-african-women-a-new-trend/
Business Daily, July 22, 2010, http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Chinese-learn-African-languages-to-grow-trade/-/539552/962198/-/lsppmt/-/index.html
 The Africa Report, February 27, 2013, http://www.theafricareport.com/North-Africa/chinese-africas-new-language-of-choice.html
 International Business Times, February 16, 2012, http://www.ibtimes.com/doing-business-china-cultural-differences-watch-411996