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China Moves Quickly to Reassure Anxious African Governments that the Crisis in Guangzhou has been Resolved

Photo via the Chinese Embassy in South Africa.

For the second time in less than a week, Chinese ambassadors in Africa fanned out to foreign ministries across the continent, this time as part of Beijing’s effort to reassure foreign ministers in various countries that the situation in Guangzhou has now been resolved and also to reaffirm its “zero-tolerance of discrimination” position regarding foreigners.

The diplomatic push in Africa followed a similar effort back in Beijing where China’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chen Xiaodong, convened a meeting of 20 African envoys earlier in the week to convey a similar message. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also contributed to the effort when he called the African Union leadership on Monday to discuss the issue.

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