A worker performs a quality check on experimental Covid-19 vaccine vials in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech in Beijing on September 24. China’s success in containing the pandemic and its efforts at vaccine diplomacy afterwards do not appear to have translated into an improved international reputation. Photo: Reuters A worker performs a quality check on experimental Covid-19 vaccine vials in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech in Beijing on September 24. China’s success in containing the pandemic and its efforts at vaccine diplomacy afterwards do not appear to have translated into an improved international reputation. Photo: Reuters
A worker performs a quality check on experimental Covid-19 vaccine vials in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech in Beijing on September 24. China’s success in containing the pandemic and its efforts at vaccine diplomacy afterwards do not appear to have translated into an improved international reputation. Photo: Reuters
Alyssa Leng
Opinion

Opinion

Alyssa Leng

China’s pandemic success and vaccine diplomacy are no guarantee of a better Indo-Pacific reputation

  • Countries that have handled the pandemic well at home have generally seen such competence rewarded with improved standing abroad
  • China is the lone exception, proving that having your house in order does not guarantee a pat on the back internationally

A worker performs a quality check on experimental Covid-19 vaccine vials in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech in Beijing on September 24. China’s success in containing the pandemic and its efforts at vaccine diplomacy afterwards do not appear to have translated into an improved international reputation. Photo: Reuters A worker performs a quality check on experimental Covid-19 vaccine vials in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech in Beijing on September 24. China’s success in containing the pandemic and its efforts at vaccine diplomacy afterwards do not appear to have translated into an improved international reputation. Photo: Reuters
A worker performs a quality check on experimental Covid-19 vaccine vials in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech in Beijing on September 24. China’s success in containing the pandemic and its efforts at vaccine diplomacy afterwards do not appear to have translated into an improved international reputation. Photo: Reuters
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