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China Launches Massive Global COVID-19 Aid Campaign in Africa

China's Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhu Jing, hands over a donation of supplies to fight the spread of COVID-19 to representatives of the World Health Organization. Image via WHO.

Over the past several days China has rapidly escalated relief efforts in Africa and elsewhere around the world to help governments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Chinese state-run media outlets, official social media accounts and third-party media partners across Africa (see below) are flooded with stories and images about the recent surge in Chinese donations of badly-needed medical equipment, money and technical expertise.

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