“We do not have discrimination in China against African brothers,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing, accusing the United States of trying to put a wedge in their relationship between African nations.
African ambassadors and the U.S consulate in the city have confronted Chinese officials relating to xenophobia faced by Africans in Guangzhou, capital of the southern Guangdong province.
African-Americans have also faced hostile relations, due to city authorities imposing on bars and restaurants to refuse to serve people who “appear to be of African origin” and launched mandatory tests and self-quarantines for anyone with “African contacts.”
The ambassadors’ brought to light news reportage which showed Africans being ejected from hotels in the middle of the night, having their passports seized, and threatened with revocation of visas, deportation or arrest.
The allegation was vehemently denied by the foreign ministry spokesman who stated that China treats all foreigners equally, and called Africans, brothers.
He finally blamed the US for putting China in a bad light and disrupting the relationship with Africans.
“It is irresponsible and immoral for the U.S. to sow discord,” Zhao said. “Its attempt to drive a wedge between China and Africa will never succeed.”
U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus said in a tweet on Monday.
“Videos and stories from #Guangzhou are appalling. Abuse and xenophobia has no place in our fight against this global pandemic,” said Tibor Nagy, assistant secretary for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs.
Has China Explained?
Zhao noted that Beijing will work on rebuilding the relationship with the African community and that new measures have been put in place towards that aim. He did not elaborate on what the new measures were.
China has been hit by a new wave of transported cases shortly after lifting its lockdown. On Sunday, China reported 108 new cases - the most in almost six weeks. Over 90% were imported cases, of which Chinese returning from Russia accounted for about half.
In an attempt to take extreme measures to stem the tide the Africa community which has been adversely affected during the pandemic is facing the brute force of the Chinese Law.
Mandatory Quarantine, barred from restaurants, and ejection from their homes and hotels has been the norm.