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The Geopolitics of COVID-19

GEOPOLITICS Under Mounting Pressure From the U.S., Europe, and Australia, China Leans on Its Ties in Africa For Support A news program shows Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking via video link to the World Health Assembly, on an outside screen in Beijing on May 18, 2020. GREG BAKER / AFP

The COVID-19 crisis is proving an interesting case study in the impact of different ways of conducting public diplomacy. Any public diplomacy is dependent on two factors: staying on message, and making sure that message doesn’t play into negative perceptions about you in the wider world. 

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