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African Leaders Declare Crisis in Guangzhou is “Sorted Out.” What Did We Learn?

Less than one week after alarming videos, photos and accounts of African migrants being forced out of their homes and hotels in the southern China city of Guangzhou, the story has been “sorted out” in the eyes of many ...

China Needs to Do More to Protect Black People

On April 8, a 15-person Chinese medical team ​arrived​ in Nigeria to assist with the country’s fight against COVID-19. The team brought with them more than a million masks, ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment and other pandemic essentials. It was another example of Chinese support for African ...

After Guangzhou, China-Africa Relations Return to Normal but Big Problems Loom Below the Surface

The squall caused by the eviction and mistreatment of Africans in Guangzhou is dying down, and the China-Africa relationship seems to be heading back to its usual state: glassy calm on the surface with massive currents deep below. The fact that ...

The African Migrant Crisis in Guangzhou Emerges as New Point of Contention Between the U.S. and China

The United States government further escalated its denunciations of China for reported instances of discrimination and xenophobia against African migrants in Guangzhou. Washington's top diplomat for Africa, Assistant Secretary of State Tibor Nagy, posted his views on Monday and described the situation over the weekend in Guangzhou ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Moves to Calm Tensions With African Diplomats Over the Recent Crisis in Guangzhou

Diplomatic tensions between China and a number of African governments and institutions appear to have considerably following the crisis over the weekend in Guangzhou where African migrants and residents were forcibly removed from their homes and hotels. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang ...

A Western (read US) Role in What’s Happening in Guangzhou Emerges as a Key Chinese Message Point

One of the key themes to emerge from China's rebuttal to well-documented instances of maltreatment of African migrants in Guangzhou centers around the role that Western governments are playing to foment discord in China and in its ties with African countries. ...

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 ...

China’s Response to the Crisis in Guangzhou is Missing One Critical Element: Emotion

The Chinese response to the ongoing crisis in Guangzhou has been dry, technical and, at times, defensive. What it's missing, though, is emotion and a recognition that something has gone wrong. Chinese stakeholders don't seem to fully understand that their old ...

Daily Nation Headline Highlights the Dramatic Change in China’s Narrative in Africa

By Saturday morning, the photos and videos that had dominated so much of the discussion on social media had made its way to mainstream press outlets in Africa, with dramatic headlines like this one in the popular Daily Nation newspaper. What's ...

This Image of Evicted African Men Sleeping on the Streets of Guangzhou Went Viral Early in the Crisis

A photo of visibly cold African men wearing surgical masks sleeping on the streets of Guangzhou after reportedly being evicted from their homes or hotel rooms went viral early in this crisis, sparking widespread anger among African Twitter and Facebook users. ...
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