Many of the problems that places like Africa, Southern & Southeast Asia, and the Middle East are dealing with today can find their beginnings in this period of history. Colonial holdings in these areas, such as Africa exploited the resources (including the people) for European use, with little regard to the welfare of those people living there. The Industrial Revolution created a demand for these resources that had not been needed previously. Today as technology calls for the need of more resources (i.e. rare metals needed for batteries in phones and cars to hold a longer charge) there is a continued demand for these parts of the world. China controls the majority of these precious metals from mining at home as well as all across the continent of Africa.