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China-Global South Update: Wang Yi Brings Millions in Aid and Vaccines on Four-Nation Asia Tour

Vietnam's Deputy Prime minister Pham Binh Minh (R) bumping elbows to greet China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) prior to a meeting in Hanoi. STR / Vietnam News Agency / AFP

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a four-nation week-long tour of Southeast Asia on Friday to bolster ties in critical ASEAN states. He will visit Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore, and will end the trip in South Korea.

On the first two stops in Hanoi and Phenom Penh, Wang came bearing gifts in the form of millions of jabs of Chinese-made COVID vaccines and millions of dollars in development funding.

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