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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

@aarrogan
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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