Chinese Discrimination Against Africans On The Increase

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – In June this year, a 28 year old Nigerian, Celestine Ebelechi was attacked by a mob and died in police custody. He was attacked after a dispute with an electric bicycle driver over a fare. This happened in the city of Guangzhou. The city of Guangzhou has over 200,000 Africans as residents, of whom about 30,000 are Nigerians. Discrimination and abuse of Africans in China is not new. During the cold war, it was hidden and papered over in the name of international solidarity. Today it is difficult to hide. The story is the same on the continent of Africa itself. There has been several reports of Chinese workers managers abusing their African workers without any repercussions. In Zambia, African workers were abused and killed at the copper mines without any repercussions. As opposition leader, current Zambian President Sata has railed against Chinese exploitation of Africans. In Nigeria, DRC, Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, etc the story is the same. What is disturbing and perplexing is that African leaders have turned a blind eye to these transgressions. In China, Africans claim that when they complain to their respective embassies about the abuse, they are told to keep quite.  On the continent, the leaders haven't reacted either.


It seems that some African leaders have  got carried away by a few Chinese dollars, that they are willing to mortgage their dignity. I am not against economic cooperation with the Chinese, but I am against swapping the old colonialism with a new one. We should remember that China is still a totalitarian state, not a democracy. Despite its economic ascendancy, Chinese citizens don't have freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, cannot criticize their government, and do not have the option of choosing a political party. The communist party remains the only political party in the country.  Indeed some African leaders who might want to be president for life, might see the Chinese as valuable allies since they might be reluctant to criticize, given their own political background. African leaders need to address this issue now and aggressively. Africans do not want another master/slave relationship for all the money in the world. During her current trip to Africa, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has stated “partnership not patronage”.  To the Chinese, Africans should say, “partnership not domination”.


African Caribbean Institute reports.


*Photo Caption - Dr. Leonard Madu, President, African Caribbean Institute (  ).

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