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Why China’s Vaccine Outreach in Africa May Not Produce the Soft Power Dividends Many Assume

There’s growing anxiety in many Western capitals that China’s head start in distributing vaccines to African countries will provide Beijing with a powerful diplomatic advantage. While there’s no doubt that China’s vaccine donations are well received on the continent, a trio of Africa analysts at the UK-based global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft make the case that “China’s vaccine diplomacy in Africa unlikely to be a geopolitical game-changer.”

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