- Oct 3, 2016
Shipments of China-made vaccines boost Beijing’s image in countries where citizens may otherwise distrust it
China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Diplomacy Reaches 100-Plus Countries
September 18, 2021 9:02 PM
Despite doubts about the effectiveness of China’s COVID-19 vaccines, the global vaccine shortage is giving China an international soft power boost.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this week via the official Xinhua News Agency that it had delivered 1.1 billion vaccine doses to more than 100 countries during the pandemic.
This component of Chinese soft power, a tool used to deepen friendships abroad and vie for recognition over its archrival, the United States, despite festering disputes, could help boost China’s image in vaccine-recipient countries that cannot easily source doses from other places, observers said.