Blessings on his Majesty's Earthstrong,
it seems the chinese and the east coast of afrika
have had an active ocean and land trade for more than 10,000 years. some intermingling must occur
as racism has not really become an institution at this time. i have read where chinese junks capable of carrying several thousand men and tons of sundries have made the indian ocean crossing,
also, that afrikan crafted caravellas using the
three pointed sails ,made the crossing to
china and ports inbetween. by land, goods from as far away as nigeria or south afrika went across the sahara and entered asia by way of the gobi dessert. great caravans of camels , horses, and elephants loaded with gold, spices, textiles,
would also make the several thousand mile journey.
language is merely a form of communication, the fact that some chinese may be spoken in madagascar
is only indicative of the influences that island
nation has recieved over the milenia. i bet some portuguese is also spoken there as well as afrikan
based languages. remember, one can also sit in a roman cafe', order cafe' latte, a piece of freshly baked italian bread and read an italian newspaper in eritria.