China calls racial discrimination in the US a “social ill”

China calls racial discrimination in the US a
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman calls racial discrimination in the US a "social ill". Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: China takes on the US over the developments around the death of Mr. Floyd. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry on Monday says “We are following the latest developments around the death of Mr. Floyd, Black Lives Matter and their human rights should be protected.” He described racial discrimination as ‘social ill’.

“The racial discrimination against minorities is a social ill in the United States, what happened again reflects there are serious problems that should be urgently addressed, that is the racial discrimination and violent law enforcement by police,” Zhao Lijian added.

“We hope the US government will take concrete measures to fulfil its obligations under the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination to uphold the legal rights of ethnic minorities.”

He also answered questions about US officials’ claims stating there was interference from foreign countries including China in current protests.

Zhao said: “The remarks by [US National Security Adviser Robert] O’Brien and other US officials are just baseless, China does not interfere in other countries domestic affairs.”

Zhao hoped “US politicians can mind their own business.”

Traditionally, China has portrayed racism as a Western problem, but the country has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for its treatment of Africans in the country.

Last month in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, many Africans were subject to forced to go a 14-day self-quarantine and coronavirus testing, regardless of their recent travel history. Many Africans were left homeless after being evicted by landlords and rejected by hotels under the guise of various virus containment measures.

The incident caused a rupture in Africa-China relations. Foreign ministries of several African nations — and even the African Union — demanded answers from China.

China’s official response stopped short of admitting that the discrimination took place — or apologizing for it.

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