Senegalese worried over Chinese companies’ fishing licences

Move draws criticism from citizens of indebted African country who say their waters are already overfished.

China has agreed to delay repayments of debts to cash-strapped African nations like Senegal, struggling in the face of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Senegal’s government – which is more than $1bn in debt to Beijing – has given Chinese companies deep-sea fishing licences.

The move has drawn criticism from local fishermen and environmentalists who say the waters are already overfished.

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar.