Southeast Asia Speaks: Analyst Ben Bland on China’s pandemic diplomacy

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China plays the role of a generous ally to several contries as it continues to donate vaccines against COVID-19, a move seen by many experts as an effort to "repair its tarnished image."

But its continuing incursions in the West Philippine Sea, recently with hundreds of Chinese vessels, betray the camaraderie and diplomacy it wants to achieve.

On Thursday, April 22, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to analyst Ben Bland on how China navigates diplomacy with Southeast Asian countries amid the pandemic and increasing maritime tension.

Bland is the director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowly Institute. He is an expert on Southest Asia politics and economics, and China's role in the region.

What are the lessons learned from China's pandemic diplomacy?

Catch the interview at 7 pm on Thursday, April 22. –

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