Angry Cape Town neighbours are in a froth over the Chinese Consulate next door. Giovanni Lorenzi has first-hand experience of the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the world’s latest superpower.

Lorenzi and his family have lived in the Cape Town suburb of Fernwood, close to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for 12 years and, although they were very happy at first, the past four or five years have been a nightmare. That’s because the Chinese government has been building the mother-of-all-consulates right next door to Lorenzi’s rather lovely Tuscan pile.

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