Africans residing in southern China’s largest city say they have become targets of suspicion and are subjected to forced evictions, arbitrary quarantines and mass corona virus testing over suspicions aroused by the Nigerian cases. Recall, that recently Nigerian State welcomed CCECC which the motive is still unknown.
Maximus Ogbonna, the president of a Nigerian community group in Guangzhou had said that “People are not happy because they’re being forced out of their apartments and into hotels where they have to pay [$30] a night for 28 days,”
Meanwhile, in some part of China some Africans complained they have been evicted from their apartments and refused entry to restaurants as part of a xenophobic campaign against black people that is ostensibly aimed at curbing the corona virus.
The Chinese authorities’ actions triggered protests from African governments — an embarrassment for Beijing as it seeks to woo African states with promises of loans and investment — and prompted U.S. diplomats over the weekend to warn African Americans to avoid the Guangzhou area.
The United States on Saturday accused Chinese authorities of “xenophobia” towards Africans, after corona virus cases among Nigerians unleashed a wave of evictions in the city of Guangzhou.
“The abuse and mistreatment of Africans living and working in China is a sad reminder of how hollow the Peoples Republic of China (PRC)-Africa partnership really is,” a State Department spokesperson said.
“At a time when we should be supporting one another to recover from a pandemic PRC officials recklessly hid from the world, Chinese officials are busy evicting African students into the streets without food or shelter
The US has denounced Beijing’s lack of transparency in recent weeks at the epic of the corona virus epidemic, which was first detected in late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, saying it delayed action in the rest of the world which led in thousands of deaths.
The State Department spokesperson added that, “It’s unfortunate but not surprising to see this kind of xenophobia towards Africans by Chinese authorities. “Anyone who watches Chinese engagement in projects across Africa recognizes this kind of abusive and manipulative behavior.” The treatment Africans in Guangzhou also drew an expression of “extreme concern” Saturday from the president of the African Union.
Since coming to office in 2017, the administration of President Donald Trump has shown little interest in Africa. But it has repeatedly warned about China’s intentions in the continent, arguing that its investments and loans to African countries are less than friendly.
“Promises made to Africans, including those who work and study in China, are never kept as advertised,” the State Department spokesperson said.
“To treat people — especially students — this way during a global public health crisis says everything about how the PRC views their so-called ‘partnership’ with Africa.”
Could Nnamdi Kanu be right to say that the CCECC from China Company is recolonizing Nigeria from what he called British Business Company?