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Africans In China Forcibly Evicted & Homeless Due To Discrimination
As China heals from the effects of COVID-19, there have been reports of discrimination against African nationals in Guangzhou.
Expats and students from the African continent were forced to be tested for coronavirus as well as a 14-day-quarantine just because of their nationality. According to CNN, it didn’t matter the African’s travel history, the African nationals were discriminated in Guangzhou, a city located in the south of China.
As a result, many African nationals were evicted by their landlords and denied service at hotels, leaving them homeless.
This all started when a second wave of coronavirus surfaced in China from foreign travelers.
Once the news spread of how African nationals were being treated, videos surfaced of the Chinese police harassing Africans which sparked anger with citizens and media outlets on the continent.
Television stations in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda all ran stories of how African nationals were being discriminated against in Guangzhou.
This discriminatory treatment can ruin trade relations between China and Africa. According to CNN, “African nations have become key diplomatic and trade partners to Beijing, with China’s trade with Africa worth $208 billion in 2019.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian released a statement Sunday denying any discrimination, “All foreigners are treated equally. We reject differential treatment, and we have zero tolerance for discrimination.”
Zhao, however, did not speak on how Africans were being forced to quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19.