• "We take the same prevention and control measures for all entering Guangzhou regardless of their nationality, race and gender," said Liu Baochun, director of the municipal Foreign Affairs Office, at the press conference.
• Countries all over the world are taking measures to contain the pandemic and in China, our most urgent task is to prevent imported cases and domestic resurgence. To meet this goal, we need understanding, support and cooperation from both Chinese and foreign nationals in China.
All foreign nationals in Guangzhou, capital of southern China's Guangdong Province, are treated equally like the Chinese nationals when it comes to enforcing the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, a municipal police official said at a daily press briefing on Sunday.
"We highly value the safety of foreigners and protect their legitimate rights and interests in accordance with law. We treat them the same like Chinese nationals without discrimination in the enforcement of anti-virus measures," Cai Wei, spokesperson for the Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau, told the media.
He also urged foreign nationals in Guangzhou to abide by Chinese laws and local regulations, warning those not being cooperative could face punishment and investigation. Rumors and criticisms have emerged recently, accusing the city of mistreating foreigners, especially Africans, during the coronavirus pandemic, which the municipal government has dispelled. According to Mayor Wen Guohui, Guangzhou has registered 479 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 119 were imported and 13 were infections related to the imported ones. Of the 119 imported cases, 25 were foreigners and 94 were Chinese nationals. Official data showed that, as of April 10, there were 30,768 foreigners living in Guangzhou. The five countries with the largest population in Guangzhou are the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan, U.S., Canada and Russia. A total of 4,553 African nationals, or 14.8 percent of the total number of foreigners, live in the city.
A Pakistani student (C) studying in China poses for photos with medical staff after his recovery at Guangzhou 8th People's Hospital in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, February 12, 2020. /Xinhua
"We take the same prevention and control measures for all entering Guangzhou regardless of their nationality, race and gender," said Liu Baochun, director of the municipal Foreign Affairs Office, at the press conference. "Guangzhou is an open international metropolis and treats all foreign personnel equally. We oppose all forms of differentiation for a specific group of people," Liu said. Liu noted that the city has improved its service mechanism to avoid misunderstandings or improper behavior due to poor communication and other reasons in the implementation of health management services. "We also hope that foreign residents in Guangzhou can strictly abide by local epidemic prevention regulations and work together with us to do a good job in epidemic prevention and control and work resumption," said Liu. John Vedasto Rwehumbiza, a Tanzanian businessman who has been living in Guangzhou since 2007, said he has never been discriminated against. "I've been in Guangzhou for so many years. Personally, I haven't seen any kind of discrimination against me," Rwehumbiza, who is currently under quarantine, told CGTN. "The Chinese felt the pinch in the first days of the outbreak because even Chinese living abroad are complaining about being stigmatized, about being related to the virus," he added. "I said they all have a lesson, and there's no way Chinese will do that to the Africans. What I think is maybe a misunderstanding."
In a subsequent post on the Embassy of China in Ghana website, Zhao Lijian, Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department, stated that there is no differential treatment in China.
Zhao Lijian, stated, since the COVID-19 outbreak, China and African countries have been supporting each other in fighting the pandemic. We won't forget the support voiced and provided by African countries and their people when we were at the most crucial stage of the fight.
"Now we are closely following the situation in Africa. The Chinese government and people are doing our best to help them. Faced with the severe test of epidemics, China and African countries are united more than ever, demonstrating brotherhood in times of adversity", he added.
When the Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry, was ask to comment on recently discrimination against Africans in Guangdong, He said, "I'd like to stress that we treat all foreign nationals equally in China and rejects any differential treatment since the Chinese government has zero tolerance for discrimination.
He also added, countries all over the world are taking measures to contain the pandemic and in China, our most urgent task is to prevent imported cases and domestic resurgence. To meet this goal, we need understanding, support and cooperation from both Chinese and foreign nationals in China.
In the meantime, we pay high attention to the occasional incidents and misunderstandings in this process.
He also urge relevant authorities to improve working methods, and hope all foreigners in China will strictly observe local anti-epidemic regulations, and cooperate with and support us in fighting the virus. Together we will achieve the final victory.
Credit to Source: CGTN and edited by Wentitrel News