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Thu Jun 18, 2020, 05:23 PM

Brazil's Foreign Ministry Stifles China's "Mask Diplomacy"

Source: Folha (Brazil)

11 tons of medical equipment to combat Covid-19 have been trapped in China since April

Jun.18.2020 2:22PM

Patrícia Campos Mello

Eleven tons of medical equipment donated to combat Covid-19 in Brazil has been stuck in China since the beginning of April

Chinese company ByteDance, owner of the TikTok, offered the donation. But, according to people who follow the subject, it is stuck due to logistical obstacles stemming from diplomatic issues.

Brazil?s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo listens to President Jair Bolsonaro at the Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino - REUTERS

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not prioritizing donations from China. So Brazil won’t be affected by the called “mask diplomacy” —the Chinese strategy of using donations of medical equipment to gain influence in the world.

When some shipment finally arrives in Brazil, the guidance at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not to give visibility or announce the news on social media, unlike donations made by the USA.

Read more: https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/world/2020/06/brazils-foreign-ministry-stifles-chinas-mask-diplomacy.shtml

(Whose idea do you think it was to ignore China's humanitarian gift to the people, then not acknowledge it, and to loudly praise the stuff from Trump (actually the U.S. taxpayers) ?)

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