Official Name (Chinese): 中國東非 (Zhōnguó Dōngfēi)
Official Name (English): Chinese East Africa
Other important cities: Ta2na4na4lei4wo3, Kan4pa4la4,
Bu4chun4bu4la2, Kei4ga2lei4, Ma2pu3to4,
Lei4lung4wei4, Mo2lo2nei4, Ha2la2lei4, Kei4san4ga2nei4, Lu1bun4ba2shei4
Official language: Han
Other languages: kiSwahili, Arabic, Malagasy, baHutu, baTwa, Hawiya, Galla, Somali
Following Admiral Cheng Ho's explorations of the 14th century, China established trading colonies in eastern Africa and Madagascar. Chinese influenced territory spans from Somaliland to the north on down to South Africa and they claim a large inland territory as well, though most of China's activities have been along the coast. Madagascar is an island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa the people of which are an admixture of SE Asians, Austronesians, Chinese, Europeans and Africans. Most Madagascrians are Buddhist; the official language is Mandarin, though the traditional language brought from SE Asia nearly 2000 years ago is at the heart of a vibrant cultural fusion. The current monarch is Queen Ranavalona IV.