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An Unprecedented Rupture in China-Africa Relations

China-Africa relations face an unprecedented crisis after several days of evictions and maltreatment of African migrants by landlords and local authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Beginning late Thursday China time, photos, videos, and other accounts began to surface on Twitter and Facebook depicting young African migrants being forced to leave their homes and hotels. These evictions largely took place in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu district. The district includes the neighborhoods of Xiaobei and Guangyuanxi, home to the largest African diaspora populations in China, and Asia at large.

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