China province launches anti-racism push after outrage May 05, 2020 0 123 12345 AFPBeijingChina’s southern Guangdong province has launched a raft of anti-discrimination policies targeting businesses and venues after a heavy-handed crackdown on the African community sparked international outrage last month.Authorities in the provincial capital Guangzhou had started mass testing its African community shortly after a cluster of COVID-19 cases was found in a neighbourhood with a large migrant population, and a wave of reports about discrimination and xenophobia followed.The new anti-racism rules, announced on the weekend, came after many Africans in Guangzhou said they had been forcibly evicted by police from their accommodation, refused service at shops and restaurants, and were subject to mass coronavirus testing and arbitrary quarantines.Now, businesses and residential compounds “must implement non-discriminatory service... treat all Chinese and foreigners in Guangdong equally, and firmly oppose any racist or discriminatory speech and behaviour,” according to a Sunday report by the state-run China News Service.The new policies appeared to address some of the concerns raised by the African community, banning public spaces from setting tighter entry requirements for certain nationalities and promising to punish buses and taxis who refuse foreign passengers.They also ban landlords from cancelling housing contracts or increasing rent without explanation. However, the measures do not outline any specific punishments.A total of 111 African nationals in Guangzhou have tested positive for COVID-19, including 19 imported cases, officials announced on April 11. The vast majority of imported cases in Guangdong province involved returning Chinese nationals.McDonald’s China was among the businesses who came under fire. It apologised after a branch in Guangzhou displayed a sign banning black people from entry, prompting online outrage. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus cases pass 145,000 in new European blackspot Russia May 05, 2020 0 414 Japan extends pandemic state of emergency until May 31 May 05, 2020 0 484 Train fares for regional migrants in India spark political furore May 05, 2020 0 105 China defends virus record, accuses US of ‘groundless’ distraction DPA Berlin Chinese state media hit back at the US on Monday, accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of trying to distract from its own “incompetence” with allegations about the spread of the novel .. Trans-Tasman travel on the agenda for NZ and Australian PMs meeting DPA Wellington The possibility of making it easier to travel between their two countries will be on the agenda as New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern joins Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday. At a .. Bangladesh to reopen shopping centres amid virus shutdown DPA Dhaka Amid a nationwide shutdown, Bangladesh has decided to reopen shopping centres from the weekend to allow people to buy goods ahead of the Muslim Eid-al-Fitr festival, the government said on Monday. The shopping .. Malaysians cautiously embrace partial lifting of COVID-19 lockdown DPA Kuala Lumpur After seven weeks of being told by authorities to “dudak rumah,” or stay at home, Malaysians tentatively resumed some aspects of pre-coronavirus life on Monday. Some businesses reopened and .. Vietnam fisheries reject Chinese fishing ban in disputed waters DPA Hanoi A Vietnamese professional fishing association on Monday rejected a recent Chinese fishing ban imposed on disputed waters in the South China Sea. “The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VFS) strongly opposes China’s ..