Latin American Economy & Business Report

05/2020 - China’s ‘face mask diplomacy’ tests geopolitical ties

Amid ‘China virus’ jibes emanating from the US and from Brazilian congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, the Chinese government has busily supplied stressed Latin American health systems with unprecedented medical aid. Shipments of protective equipment and testing kits are part of a phenomenon analysts are calling ‘face mask diplomacy’, and the countries of the Andean region are among the main beneficiaries.

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