What was the year China first Imperialized Africa?

According to Chinese government statistics, the overall trade between Africa and China witnessed an astronomical from $10.6 billion in 2000 to $40 billion in 2005. Some analysts argue that China being a new entrant in the oil business has no other place to go since most of the world's other big oil reserves are already being developed by major western energy companies. China has poured billions of dollars in aid and cheap loans for upgrading roads, ports, railways, telephone lines, power stations and other key infrastructure across Africa.

Cases of human rights abuses have arisen from the China-Africa adventure. African workers have protested against ill-treatment and poor pay by Chinese companies, as well as the influx of Chinese workers who take away their jobs. In July, hundreds of African workers at a Chinese-owned Zambian mine rioted over low wages.

China sells arms in order to cement relationships with some African leaders. Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burundi, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are examples of countries China sells arms to in shipments labeled as agricultural equipment. Because China doesn't experience the same human rights concerns like Africa, it will sell military hardware and weapons to anyone. Chinese military trainers are helping their African counterparts.