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China Painting Self as World Humanitarian Leader on Virus

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By    |   Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:03 PM

China is working to mount a public campaign to repaint itself as a world humanitarian leader on coronavirus rather than the secretive country at the epicenter of a deadly global pandemic.

The numbers of new cases in China are leveling off, including reports Thursday, for the first day in weeks, there were no new cases of coronavirus determined in Wuhan, and the country is now bragging it has defeated COVID-19, reports Fox News.

For starters, China's public and private sectors are sending aid fast to countries now facing dire straits, including 2,000 rapid diagnostic tests to the Phillippines, aid to Japan and Iraq, and earlier this week, President Xi Jinping promised to send more medical experts to Italy, which surpassed China's death tally from the virus Thursday. 

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma said on Twitter he and his Alibaba Foundation will donate 2 million masks, 150k test kits, 20k protective suits and 20k face shields to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. He has also pledged supplies and equipment for every African nation.

However, China's moves come after it made "blunderous mistakes in the early six or seven weeks" before ordering massive quarantines, said J. Stephen Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

China has also accused the United States of starting the virus, which President Donald Trump has hit out against, insisting on calling it the "China Virus" or the "Wuhan Virus."

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