A cargo flight transporting millions of medical items including face masks, test kits and protective suits is unloaded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. Photo: AP A cargo flight transporting millions of medical items including face masks, test kits and protective suits is unloaded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. Photo: AP
A cargo flight transporting millions of medical items including face masks, test kits and protective suits is unloaded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. Photo: AP

The Chinese firms on the front lines of Covid-19 mask diplomacy in Africa

  • With traditional donors still grappling with the pandemic at home, Chinese companies are filling the void by donating essential protective equipment and test kits
  • The crisis is a chance for the enterprises to present themselves as socially responsible partners on the continent, observer says

Topic |   China-Africa relations
A cargo flight transporting millions of medical items including face masks, test kits and protective suits is unloaded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. Photo: AP A cargo flight transporting millions of medical items including face masks, test kits and protective suits is unloaded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. Photo: AP
A cargo flight transporting millions of medical items including face masks, test kits and protective suits is unloaded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. Photo: AP
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