China's Battle with Coronavirus: Possible Geopolitical Gains and Real Challenges   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Originated from Wuhan, the current Coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], is a good illustration of how the Chinese government has tried to grasp an unprecedented health crisis not only to demonstrate its capacity to rapidly overcome it but also to enhance its diplomatic influence, improve its international image and challenge the US dominant status both as a leading health care provider and a world role model. Has China succeeded? Taking advantage of its close relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Trump Administration's late mobilization against this novel coronavirus, the European Union (EU)'s disorganization and divisions, as well as each country's preoccupation with its own domestic health crisis, China has achieved early successes on the international stage, particularly in Eastern and Southern Europe as well as in the Global South. Nonetheless, the Chinese government's initial failure in the management of the health crisis at home as well as the aggressiveness and incoherence of its own narrative have contributed to denting the credibility of its own data and its 'politics of generosity'."

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