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But throughout the early to mid-20th century, China’s leaders and Black activists did find common cause on the issue of racism.

That history of Black internationalism, and its arrival in China, is what Communist leaders seek to exploit today.

The 1949 victory by the Communist Party led by Mao Zedong in the Chinese Civil War did nothing to dampen the relationship between Chinese and Black activists.

By the 1970s, a host of civil rights and Black Power activists including Elaine Brown, Huey Newton, Robert Williams and Du Bois had set foot in China.

For decades, Black activists argued that race matters in foreign relations.

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