October 24, 2020

China, on virus PR offensive, sends masks and experts abroad

As the fight against a new virus shifts to Europe and beyond, China is supplying millions of masks and other desperately needed items to struggling governments, hoping to build political ties and defuse criticism that it allowed the disease to spread early on. Serbia’s president plans to be at the airport this weekend to welcome a shipment of medical supplies from his “brother and friend,” Chinese leader Xi Jinping. China, said Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, is “the only country capable of supplying Europe with such amounts.”

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