The New Phenomenon: “Mask Diplomacy”, how China and Japan have found a diplomatic opportunity

Cheng Li and Ryan McElveen, Brookings Institution

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Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash

Coronavirus has led many countries to only acting with self-interest, but has helped China-Japan Relations through a new type of diplomacy: Mask Diplomacy. They have aided each other with gifts, medical supplies, and money, supporting the others country with people-to-people support, as well as official government relations. This reciprocal generosity has come as a surprise to most of the world as “the Sino-Japanese relationship has been among the most entrenched rifts in the world”.

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