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Not a Day Goes by That Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian Doesn’t Talk About COVID-19 Aid to Africa

Regular readers of this newsletter may have noticed a new trend. In recent weeks, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian has mentioned Beijing’s COVID-19 medical relief to Africa in almost every one of his regular press briefings. 

The questions about “how work is progressing” among Chinese medical teams and ambassadors who handle donations, invariable come from Chinese state-run media outlets like CGTN and China Daily.

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