Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance

Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) is an academic institute and think tank devoted to independent analysis and well-informed policy recommendations.
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The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) is a common institute of Thammasat University Bangkok and Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, and Passau University in Germany. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The CPG is located at Thammasat University, Bangkok. Its research and work focus lies on public law and its role in facilitating good governance. Based on the cooperation between the Faculties of Law at the four participating universities our approach is interdisciplinary. Pursuing a comparative perspective of transfer of ideas and knowledge between Europe and Southeast Asia, we particularly pay attention to Southeast Asian countries.

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𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:𝙋𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙎𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙎𝙚...
05/05/2021

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝙋𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙎𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙎𝙚𝙖

(lp) Chinese ships still remain in parts of the South China Sea over which the Philippines has territorial claims. What is more, China urged the Philippines to “respect China’s sovereignty and rights” through a cease of maritime exercises in the area. Moreover, the Chinese Ambassador to Manila named the territorial conflict as mere “differences”, despite being summoned some weeks ago in request to remove the Chinese vessels from Philippine territory. [Manila Bulletin 1]

In turn, the Philippines continue to patrol the South China Sea with military and non-military ships, rejecting China’s plea to back off. According to a maritime expert, the diplomatic protests recently issued might have resulted in the decreasing presence of Chinese vessels in the area. Moreover, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) distributed relief supplies to fishermen to alleviate the negative impacts that Chinese incursion and continued patrols they might be incurring. [South China Morning Post 1] [Benar News] [ABS-CBN 1]

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte communicated his lack of confidence that the US or the UN will assist the Philippines if conflict escalates. Duterte also claimed he considers China a “good friend” to which he owes a debt of gratitude for their vaccine donations. [Manila Bulletin 2] [ABS-CBN 2]

Via social media platform Twitter, the war of words got ugly, with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr calling China an “ugly oaf” and demanding it “get the f*** out” of Philippine maritime waters. It prompted analysts to warn of an actual war respectively further tensions as Chinese reaction. [South China Morning Post 2]


𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

Manila Bulletin 1: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/28/lorenzana-rejects-china-plea-to-stop-maritime-exercises-in-west-ph-sea/

South China Morning Post 1: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3131559/we-do-not-want-war-philippines-duterte-refuses-end-south

Benar News: https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/ph-ch-scs-04282021134241.html

ABS-CBN 1: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/29/21/philippines-diplomatic-protest-beijing-fewer-china-ships-eez

Manila Bulletin 2: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/29/ph-at-a-loss-how-to-recover-territory-from-china-un-wont-go-to-war-with-us-duterte/

ABS-CBN 2: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/29/21/philipines-china-debt-of-gratitude-duterte-recto

South China Morning Post 2: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3132121/south-china-sea-heats-philippines-drops-f-bomb-over-chinese

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝙋𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙎𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙎𝙚𝙖

(lp) Chinese ships still remain in parts of the South China Sea over which the Philippines has territorial claims. What is more, China urged the Philippines to “respect China’s sovereignty and rights” through a cease of maritime exercises in the area. Moreover, the Chinese Ambassador to Manila named the territorial conflict as mere “differences”, despite being summoned some weeks ago in request to remove the Chinese vessels from Philippine territory. [Manila Bulletin 1]

In turn, the Philippines continue to patrol the South China Sea with military and non-military ships, rejecting China’s plea to back off. According to a maritime expert, the diplomatic protests recently issued might have resulted in the decreasing presence of Chinese vessels in the area. Moreover, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) distributed relief supplies to fishermen to alleviate the negative impacts that Chinese incursion and continued patrols they might be incurring. [South China Morning Post 1] [Benar News] [ABS-CBN 1]

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte communicated his lack of confidence that the US or the UN will assist the Philippines if conflict escalates. Duterte also claimed he considers China a “good friend” to which he owes a debt of gratitude for their vaccine donations. [Manila Bulletin 2] [ABS-CBN 2]

Via social media platform Twitter, the war of words got ugly, with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr calling China an “ugly oaf” and demanding it “get the f*** out” of Philippine maritime waters. It prompted analysts to warn of an actual war respectively further tensions as Chinese reaction. [South China Morning Post 2]


𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

Manila Bulletin 1: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/28/lorenzana-rejects-china-plea-to-stop-maritime-exercises-in-west-ph-sea/

South China Morning Post 1: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3131559/we-do-not-want-war-philippines-duterte-refuses-end-south

Benar News: https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/ph-ch-scs-04282021134241.html

ABS-CBN 1: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/29/21/philippines-diplomatic-protest-beijing-fewer-china-ships-eez

Manila Bulletin 2: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/29/ph-at-a-loss-how-to-recover-territory-from-china-un-wont-go-to-war-with-us-duterte/

ABS-CBN 2: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/29/21/philipines-china-debt-of-gratitude-duterte-recto

South China Morning Post 2: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3132121/south-china-sea-heats-philippines-drops-f-bomb-over-chinese

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙖: 𝙃𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩, 𝙎𝙪𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙗𝙪𝙠𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 ...
05/05/2021

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙖: 𝙃𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩, 𝙎𝙪𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙗𝙪𝙠𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙭𝙮𝙜𝙚𝙣 𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙨

(lm) With the government unable to maintain a steady supply of oxygen, the New Delhi High Court on May 2 said that it would start punishing government officials for failing to deliver the life-saving items after several hospital authorities in the capital successfully sought an injunction. [The New York Times]

On the day of the verdict, India recorded a slight drop in new infections with 392,488 from a high of 401,993 in the previous 24 hours. It also reported 3,689 additional deaths, bringing the total to more than 215,000. Experts believe both figures are an undercount. [Associated Press]

Just days before, the Supreme Court (SC) had also weighed in, urging the central and state governments to consider another lockdown to gain control of the virus and to create and emergency stockpile of oxygen. [India Today]

Importantly, the SC also warned that attempts to clamp down on any information by the state or police authorities will be treated as contempt of court, after the federal government last week forced social networking service Twitter to remove more than 50 tweets that had been critical of Prime Minister Modi and his government’s handling of the pandemic. [Bar and Bench] [Forbes]

Critics have blasted Prime Minister Modi’s handling of the crisis. A sudden, harsh lockdown imposed early in the pandemic sent millions of laborers scrambling back to their home villages and disrupted the economy. When cases dropped, the government failed to heed warnings of a potential resurgence from scientists, and its COVID-19 task force did not meet for months. Modi declared a premature victory over the pandemic in late January, during what proved to be a mere lull in infections.



𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/05/02/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases

Associated Press: https://apnews.com/article/world-news-india-coronavirus-health-1b0c55592798a33d41b38f81629dc904

India Today: https://www.indiatoday.in/coronavirus-outbreak/story/centre-states-seriously-consider-lockdown-covid-spread-corona-cases-supreme-court-1798195-2021-05-03

Bar and Bench: https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/states-police-clampdown-citizens-usocial-media-help-for-covid-19-supreme-court

Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2021/04/30/indias-supreme-court-orders-states-and-police-to-stop-clampdown-of-covid-grievances-on-social-media/?sh=197ba1e55648

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙖: 𝙃𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩, 𝙎𝙪𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙗𝙪𝙠𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙭𝙮𝙜𝙚𝙣 𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙨

(lm) With the government unable to maintain a steady supply of oxygen, the New Delhi High Court on May 2 said that it would start punishing government officials for failing to deliver the life-saving items after several hospital authorities in the capital successfully sought an injunction. [The New York Times]

On the day of the verdict, India recorded a slight drop in new infections with 392,488 from a high of 401,993 in the previous 24 hours. It also reported 3,689 additional deaths, bringing the total to more than 215,000. Experts believe both figures are an undercount. [Associated Press]

Just days before, the Supreme Court (SC) had also weighed in, urging the central and state governments to consider another lockdown to gain control of the virus and to create and emergency stockpile of oxygen. [India Today]

Importantly, the SC also warned that attempts to clamp down on any information by the state or police authorities will be treated as contempt of court, after the federal government last week forced social networking service Twitter to remove more than 50 tweets that had been critical of Prime Minister Modi and his government’s handling of the pandemic. [Bar and Bench] [Forbes]

Critics have blasted Prime Minister Modi’s handling of the crisis. A sudden, harsh lockdown imposed early in the pandemic sent millions of laborers scrambling back to their home villages and disrupted the economy. When cases dropped, the government failed to heed warnings of a potential resurgence from scientists, and its COVID-19 task force did not meet for months. Modi declared a premature victory over the pandemic in late January, during what proved to be a mere lull in infections.



𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/05/02/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases

Associated Press: https://apnews.com/article/world-news-india-coronavirus-health-1b0c55592798a33d41b38f81629dc904

India Today: https://www.indiatoday.in/coronavirus-outbreak/story/centre-states-seriously-consider-lockdown-covid-spread-corona-cases-supreme-court-1798195-2021-05-03

Bar and Bench: https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/states-police-clampdown-citizens-usocial-media-help-for-covid-19-supreme-court

Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2021/04/30/indias-supreme-court-orders-states-and-police-to-stop-clampdown-of-covid-grievances-on-social-media/?sh=197ba1e55648

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙍𝙪𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙖 𝙙𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙫𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙘𝙮, 𝙧𝙚𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩 ...
05/05/2021

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙍𝙪𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙖 𝙙𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙫𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙘𝙮, 𝙧𝙚𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙀𝙐-𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙒𝙃𝙊 𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣

(dql) According to a report of the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research and analysis division of London-based media company Economist Group, the West is losing the COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy battle in key developing regions of the world to Russia and China and will suffer long-term strategic consequences.

For China, the report concludes that the Chinese government has been able to keep new daily cases under 200 since April 2020, allowing China to pursue domestic and overseas vaccination drives in parallel, with so far 115m doses worth 1.8 billion USD administered on each track. The EU, the US and the UK, meanwhile, have so far mostly been absent from the vaccine diplomacy scene, due intense political pressure in these countries to vaccinate their own population first.

Against this background, the report concludes: “Overall, the vaccine diplomacy efforts of Western states are likely to begin too late to catch up with those of Russia and China, which are so far winning the public relations battle,” and warns that “damage to the reputation of Western countries has already been done and will be hard to repair.”

This will, in further consequence, boost the global standing and leverage of Beijing and Moscow in emerging countries in the near future, helping both to gain influence and pursue their interests around the world. [9 News] [EIU]

For a similarly critical assessment of the EU’s performance in vaccine diplomacy with focus on the Balkans, see Michael Leigh in [Bruegel] who argues that “EU should reinforce its position in the region with more inclusive policies, clearer signaling and robust measures to counter disinformation."

The European Union, meanwhile, has accused China and Russia of systematically seeking to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines in their latest disinformation campaigns over the past months, with the intention to divide the West. In a latest special report, released last week, the European External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic service and combined Foreign and Defence Ministry, concludes that Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy comes along with “disinformation and manipulation efforts to undermine trust in Western-made vaccines, EU institutions and Western/European vaccination strategies,” with state-controlled media outlets, channels and social media being used to achieve these goals. [EU vs Disinfo] [Reuters]

Furthermore, China and Russia are reportedly joining hands in pushing back an EU-led resolution which calls for increased cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) during public health crises and for which both countries are demanding changes to the text of the resolution. Among those is the inclusion of the formulation "in accordance with national and international laws and regulations" to a paragraph in the resolution on sharing samples and genetic sequences of pathogens with pandemic potential. In another paragraph referring to member countries strengthening their public health surveillance, China and Russia (and Syria) seek to replace a reference to “investigation” of public health events with “assessment.” [Politico]

The move comes as China continues to face accusations of withholding data from the WHO’s investigation into the origins of the pandemic.


𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

9 News: https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-diplomacy-us-europe-and-west-losing-battle-influence-to-china-and-russia/e6985095-4527-4956-9062-69fbe22040e7

EIU: https://www.eiu.com/n/western-powers-have-lost-the-vaccine-diplomacy-battle/

Bruegel: https://www.bruegel.org/2021/04/vaccine-diplomacy-soft-power-lessons-from-china-and-russia/

EU vs Disinfo:https://euvsdisinfo.eu/uploads/2021/04/EEAS-Special-Report-Covid-19-vaccine-related-disinformation-6.pdf

Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/world/china/russia-china-sow-disinformation-undermine-trust-western-vaccines-eu-report-says-2021-04-28/

Politico: https://www.politico.eu/article/china-russia-resist-increased-scrutiny-of-pandemic-response/

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙍𝙪𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙖 𝙙𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙫𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙘𝙮, 𝙧𝙚𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙀𝙐-𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙒𝙃𝙊 𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣

(dql) According to a report of the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research and analysis division of London-based media company Economist Group, the West is losing the COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy battle in key developing regions of the world to Russia and China and will suffer long-term strategic consequences.

For China, the report concludes that the Chinese government has been able to keep new daily cases under 200 since April 2020, allowing China to pursue domestic and overseas vaccination drives in parallel, with so far 115m doses worth 1.8 billion USD administered on each track. The EU, the US and the UK, meanwhile, have so far mostly been absent from the vaccine diplomacy scene, due intense political pressure in these countries to vaccinate their own population first.

Against this background, the report concludes: “Overall, the vaccine diplomacy efforts of Western states are likely to begin too late to catch up with those of Russia and China, which are so far winning the public relations battle,” and warns that “damage to the reputation of Western countries has already been done and will be hard to repair.”

This will, in further consequence, boost the global standing and leverage of Beijing and Moscow in emerging countries in the near future, helping both to gain influence and pursue their interests around the world. [9 News] [EIU]

For a similarly critical assessment of the EU’s performance in vaccine diplomacy with focus on the Balkans, see Michael Leigh in [Bruegel] who argues that “EU should reinforce its position in the region with more inclusive policies, clearer signaling and robust measures to counter disinformation."

The European Union, meanwhile, has accused China and Russia of systematically seeking to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines in their latest disinformation campaigns over the past months, with the intention to divide the West. In a latest special report, released last week, the European External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic service and combined Foreign and Defence Ministry, concludes that Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy comes along with “disinformation and manipulation efforts to undermine trust in Western-made vaccines, EU institutions and Western/European vaccination strategies,” with state-controlled media outlets, channels and social media being used to achieve these goals. [EU vs Disinfo] [Reuters]

Furthermore, China and Russia are reportedly joining hands in pushing back an EU-led resolution which calls for increased cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) during public health crises and for which both countries are demanding changes to the text of the resolution. Among those is the inclusion of the formulation "in accordance with national and international laws and regulations" to a paragraph in the resolution on sharing samples and genetic sequences of pathogens with pandemic potential. In another paragraph referring to member countries strengthening their public health surveillance, China and Russia (and Syria) seek to replace a reference to “investigation” of public health events with “assessment.” [Politico]

The move comes as China continues to face accusations of withholding data from the WHO’s investigation into the origins of the pandemic.


𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

9 News: https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-diplomacy-us-europe-and-west-losing-battle-influence-to-china-and-russia/e6985095-4527-4956-9062-69fbe22040e7

EIU: https://www.eiu.com/n/western-powers-have-lost-the-vaccine-diplomacy-battle/

Bruegel: https://www.bruegel.org/2021/04/vaccine-diplomacy-soft-power-lessons-from-china-and-russia/

EU vs Disinfo:https://euvsdisinfo.eu/uploads/2021/04/EEAS-Special-Report-Covid-19-vaccine-related-disinformation-6.pdf

Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/world/china/russia-china-sow-disinformation-undermine-trust-western-vaccines-eu-report-says-2021-04-28/

Politico: https://www.politico.eu/article/china-russia-resist-increased-scrutiny-of-pandemic-response/

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