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Has the Anti-African Discrimination in Guangzhou Really Been Contained? It Depends Who You Ask

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2018 shows people gathering on a street in the "Little Africa" district in Guangzhou. Fred DUFOUR / AFP

While the Chinese central government and provincial authorities in Guangdong repeat over and over that all the issues that led to the mistreatment of Africans in Guangzhou have been settled, a steady flow of reports that suggest otherwise continues to emerge from the southern Chinese city.

  • HOUSING: Maximus Ogbonna, president of the Association of Nigerian Community China said it is becoming more difficult for Africans to find housing, with many landlords refusing to accept them. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)
  • EVICTIONS: Guangdong authorities say they are providing free accommodation to Nigerians and other Africans who have been evicted, claiming that 207 have already been housed in hotel rooms, but Nigerian community leaders and others say evictions are persisting regardless. (PUNCH)
  • “FAKE NEWS”: China’s Deputy Chief of Mission to the embassy in Liberia, Xu Kun, dismissed reports that Liberians and other Africans are encountering discrimination in Guangzhou as “fake news.” DCM Xu was responding to widely circulated videos on social media that purportedly show Liberians being confronted with racial profiling in China. (FRONT PAGE AFRICA)
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