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Although Largely Out of the Headlines, China’s Mask Diplomacy in Africa Continues Apace

The Chinese electric vehicle company BYD donated 16 million masks to medical workers in Africa as part of the Africa CDC’s public awareness campaign #AfricaMaskWeek that ends today. 

Focus on China’s PPE donations in Africa has dropped significantly over the past few months, but they’ve continued largely uninterrupted, with masks and other materials being given to various African organizations on behalf of a wide variety of Chinese stakeholders ranging from private companies like BYD to the People’s Liberation Army to Chinese provincial governments.

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