Thursday June 4, 2020

China and the politics of generosity

The Asian superpower has stepped up to the plate in helping other countries to get Covid-19 under control. But many observers wonder if it is simply playing the long game in a far-reaching propaganda campaign to strengthen its position on the world stage

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

12th April, 2020

At the end of March, Leo Varadkar used his phone call to thank Chinese premier Li Keqiang for a shipment of essential medical supplies as a photo opportunity.

The Taoiseach tweeted a picture of himself on the call, in which he offered to maintain close contact throughout the pandemic with the Asian superpower that only a year ago was deemed a “systematic rival” to the European Union.

While Varadkar was one of a...

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