Coronavirus: China flaunts ‘mask diplomacy’

Since the beginning of March and the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, Chinese companies have sold nearly four billion face masks overseas, according to authorities. For Beijing, this is a perfect way to change the narrative: China is now offering its assistance to virus-hit countries, while the mistakes of the early outbreak are in the past. Our correspondents report.

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