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China May Be Patching Things Up With African Leaders Over What Happened in Guangzhou, But Persuading Everyone Else is Going to be Much More Difficult

While African foreign ministers and other high-ranking officials appear satisfied, at least publicly, with China’s explanation for the forced evictions and other apparent maltreatment of African migrants in Guangzhou last week, vast portions of African civil society are not persuaded and feel quite bitter over the indignities fellow Africans endure in China.

On Monday, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) dedicated an entire edition of its evening current affairs program Full View to interviewing a South African woman in Guangzhou who directly challenged China’s assertion that Africans were not singled out for extra COVID-19 testing and that migrants were not kicked out of their residences by landlords.

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