China denies discrimination against Africans in Guangzhou

China denies discrimination against Africans in Guangzhou

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denied on Monday instances of discrimination against Africans in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and called U.S. accusations of mistreatment of Africans in the city an attempt to harm Beijing's relations with African nations.

The U.S. on Saturday accused Chinese authorities of "xenophobia" towards Africans, after reports claimed African people living in Guangzhou were moved out of their rented flats and turned away from hotels over suspicions aroused by coronavirus cases among Nigerians.

"The abuse and mistreatment of Africans living and working in China is a sad reminder of how hollow the PRC-Africa partnership really is," claimed the U.S. State Department.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in response that China treats all foreigners equally and asked the U.S. to stop its provocation and focus on curbing its domestic coronavirus outbreak.

"China always opposes discriminatory measures targeting any race or nationality, and we highly value the health and safety of foreign nationals living in China," Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing in Beijing.

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