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China has zero tolerance for racial discrimination
2020/04/20

During our fight against COVID-19, the Chinese government has been attaching great importance to the life and health of foreign nationals in China, including the Bahamian students. Specific plans and proper arrangements are made to protect their life and health to the best of our ability. All foreigners are treated equally. China rejects any differential treatment and has zero tolerance for racial discrimination.

It is regrettable that, during the implementation of prevention and control measures, concerns of discriminatory treatment were expressed by some African nationals staying in Guangdong province. The Guangdong authorities attached great importance to the concerns and has worked promptly to improve their working method. The measures taken include: to provide health management services without differentiation, to designate hotels for the accommodation of foreigners required to undergo medical observation and adopt price adjustment for those in financial difficulties; to set up effective communication mechanism with foreign consulates-general in Guangzhou; and to reject all racist and discriminatory remarks. It is learned that on the premise of complying with China's provisions on epidemic prevention, many African nationals are returning home for self-quarantine, and proper arrangements have been made for African nationals in difficulties.

At the same time, China and Africa have maintained close communication and friendly consultation on the situation of African nationals in Guangdong province. The Chinese side reiterated that there has been no change in its friendly policy towards Africa. The China-Africa friendship is forged on the basis of joint efforts to seek national independence, liberation, economic development and better livelihood in the past decades. Facing grave risks of importing cases in Guangdong, China has strengthened its prevention and control measures and adhered to the principle of treating Chinese nationals and foreigners as equals, and will not adopt differentiated policies towards any special groups.

African governments and African diplomatic envoys in China generally believe that Guangdong's measures are responsible for all Chinese and foreigners and completely understandable. Foreigners who work and live locally should show their cooperation and support. The African side appreciates that China takes Africa's concerns seriously and notes the continuous improvement of the situation involving Africans in relevant cities in Guangdong. The African side will cooperate with China to educate and guide its citizens to abide by China's provisions on epidemic prevention and control.

Many African friends also pointed out that after verification, many of the videos circulating online have been found to be edited and did not tell the whole story. Both China and Africa should be vigilant against online contents that may mislead people's perceptions and sentiments.

The virus knows no borders. The pandemic, a challenge to all mankind, can only be defeated through concerted international efforts. China has achieved remarkable progress at this stage, but we are still facing great risks of imported cases and domestic resurgence. While overcoming difficulties at home, China has provided assistance to many other countries, including The Bahamas. We will continue to do so. With mutual understanding, mutual support and cooperation, China is ready to continue working with all countries to achieve the final victory.

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