Being Chinese in Africa was the worst possible stigma for much of 2020.
Africans vilified the Chinese, blaming them for the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, China was blaming Africans for the pandemicthe spokesperson said., too. Viral videos in March and April 2020 showed Chinese authorities forcibly evicting Africans from their homes in Guangzhou, China, for allegedly spreading COVID-19The move will mandate businesses with five or more COVID-19 cases i.
These actions sparked an uproar on the continentsaying it puts more pressure on limited resources and exposes officers to further risk and possible COVID-19 infections.. On social media, there were calls for deporting Chinese residents in Africa. The Twitter hashtag #DeportRacistChinese trended throughout the continent.
Beijing sought to improve its pandemic-era image in Africa with “mask diplomacy:1639076029129,,” an effort to supply the continent with vaccines, medical equipment and personnel – and it worked.