Nigerian politicians are scoring populist points with Chinese migrant workers

The diplomatic race scandal sparked by the treatment of Africans residents in China last month has mostly died down but its reverberations on the otherwise strong relationship between African governments and China continues to be felt.

At the beginning of the crisis, Chinese ambassadors were hauled over by foreign ministers and other government representatives to explain the horrid scenes that had gone viral on social media, and to offer immediate remedies. For their part, officials in Guangdong province, the epicenter of the events, have since introduced new anti-discrimination measures in a bid to deal with racial discrimination. 

But weeks after, Chinese migrant workers and their businesses seem to be bearing the brunt of those incidents in Nigeria as they increasingly come under the spotlight of local law enforcement.

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