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July 12, 2020

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China's virus diplomacy: global saviour or 'Wolf Warrior'?

China's virus diplomacy: global saviour or 'Wolf Warrior'?

China has played two roles in the global battle against the coronavirus: a benevolent donor of aid, filling the US void, and combative superpower ready to bite back at critics.Gone are the days of low-profile diplomacy promoted by late leader Deng Xiaoping, wh

US says Russia aggravating Libya conflict through mercenaries

US says Russia aggravating Libya conflict through mercenaries

The United States on Thursday accused Moscow of worsening the Libya conflict and urged diplomacy after a UN report confirmed that Russian mercenaries were fighting on behalf of a rebel warlord.A report to the Security Council, which diplomats on Wednesday desc

Pompeo says 'still hopeful' for a North Korea deal

Pompeo says 'still hopeful' for a North Korea deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he remained hopeful for a nuclear agreement with North Korea, despite speculation about leader Kim Jong Un's health and a standstill in talks.Pompeo, whose diplomacy paved the way for a breakthrough 2018 summit

Pandemic gives shot in the arm to Cuba's medical missions

Pandemic gives shot in the arm to Cuba's medical missions

Cuban doctors are back in global demand as overwhelmed national health care services tap their crisis experience as they battle with the coronavirus pandemic.Communist-run Havana has long used its "white coat diplomacy" as an arm of its foreign policy but ha

Serbia sets the stage for Beijing's mask diplomacy

Serbia sets the stage for Beijing's mask diplomacy

When six Chinese doctors landed in Belgrade two weeks ago, Serbia's president greeted them with elbow-bumps before laying a kiss on their country's flag, a gesture of gratitude that sent Chinese social media aflutter.These doctors are now running the Balkan

Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative

Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative

With millions of face masks, low interest loans and teams of medical experts, China is trying to paint itself as a Good Samaritan while deflecting criticism over its initial missteps in handling the coronavirus.Beijing has showered struggling European nations