The opening of the 13th Chinese Community and Police Co-Operation Center in South Africa last week has sparked concerns about China’s growing influence in various institutions across the continent of Africa.
According to Daily Dispatch ,Several dignitaries gathered in Port Elizabeth to celebrate the opening of the new center, which was established to improve relation and communication between South African police and the local Chinese community.
The 3rd Term opening of the Chinese Language Training Program, which teaches law enforcement officers to speak Mandarin, was also celebrated.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga was among many dignitaries attending the opening of the new Chinese Community and Police Cooperation Centre and the 3rd term opening of the Chinese language training programme in Port Elizabeth on the afternoon of 28 October 2018.
This is the 13th centre to be opened nationally by the Chinese community. The Provincial Commissioner in her address to the audience expressed her appreciation to the Chinese leadership in the province.
“My confidence is also derived from the long term economic relations our country has with the Republic of China,” Ntshinga said in her remarks. “With the strengthened and deepened relationship between South Africa and China, the (South African Police Service) SAPS has benefited by finding its role in order to further the existing relationship within the police and the Chinese community.”
She continued: “This relationship has also found its expression in the educational programs involving our police members. I congratulate the Chinese community for the noble initiative established in the Province and Clusters in Port Elizabeth.”
Yu Yuan, the Councillor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pretoria, also addressed the crowd and assured the Chinese would be law abiding “model citizens” while living in South Africa, many of whom are there for work. The embassy promised to support the local police and called on law enforcement officers and the Chinese to work together to build safer, more secure communities.
The Chinese have been occasional victims of crime in South Africa, according to the newspaper.
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Shoutout to @Tanasia_Kenney for a pretty interesting article on what appear to police stations in South Africa run by and for PRC expats, with close ties to the PRC embassy and government. https://t.co/1CF9NqeV7a
— Matt Schrader (@tombschrader) November 13, 2018
This is incredibly dangerous.China isn’t stopping at Zambia. They have sights set on bigger countries like the DRC and Nigeria where the US has political, economic, and military interests. We have to deepen our relationships there as bulwark against Chinahttps://t.co/nz0SQ6K1z9
— Mark Richardson (@EngineerMark6) November 4, 2018
Does South Africa have a police in any City in China?
— Omega (@Ceasefire_Omega) November 12, 2018