Chinese Businesses Targeted in South Africa Riots, Expert Says Beijing Might Be to Blame


As civil unrest continues in South Africa, Chinese businesses have been targeted. One China observer believes that the anti-China sentiment could be fueled by the Chinese regime’s expanding global influence and human rights abuses. Violence broke out in the country after former President Jacob Zuma was given a 15-month jail term last week for contempt of court for failing to appear at a hearing in February over allegations of corruption during his presidency. More than 70 people have been killed, which is the worse in years. Shopping malls, stores, and banks in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces where the riots occurred have been looted. The South African military has dispatched 2,500 soldiers to support the police, but the situation is still out of control. On July 14, local time, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa issued an emergency safety alert for the second time in two days, reminding local Chinese citizens to …

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