China forces Italy to buy back donated PPE

Because nobody does global diplomacy like the CCP, via The Spectator:

China has tried to restore its image after lying to the world about the seriousness of its coronavirus outbreak, but its attempts at humanitarianism have turned out to be as slippery as its wet markets.

After COVID-19 made its way to Italy, decimating the country’s significant elderly population, China told the world it would donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help Italy stop its spread. Reports later indicated that China had actually sold, not donated, the PPE to Italy. A senior Trump administration official tells The Spectator that it is much worse than that: China forced Italy to buy back the PPE supply that it gave to China during the initial coronavirus outbreak.

‘Before the virus hit Europe, Italy sent tons of PPE to China to help China protect its own population,’ the administration official explained. ‘China then has sent Italian PPE back to Italy — some of it, not even all of it … and charged them for it.’

China taking advantage of Italy’s generosity is just the latest example of its disastrous diplomacy in the wake of the pandemic. Much of the supplies and testing kits China has sold to other countries have turned out to be defective. Spain had to return 50,000 quick-testing kits to China after discovering that they were faulty. In some cases, instead of apologizing or fixing the issue, China has blamed its defective equipment on others. China condescendingly told the Netherlands to ‘double-check the instructions’ on its masks, for example, after the Netherlands complained that half of the masks they were sent did not meet safety standards.

After the virus, comes the revolution.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. …and in Australia the TGA has announced a recall of Chinese made “1st Care Hand Sanitizer” which contains no alcohol even though the label says 60%.

  2. adelaide_economistMEMBER

    China has struggled with diplomacy for a long time. Are their leaders really so brittle? Why do so many of the ultra-nationalists, more than a few of who live in Australia, talk endlessly of a 5,000 year old culture that – apparently – hasn’t worked out how to win hearts and minds? That’s not something to be proud of. I remember a few years back some random doyen of the CCP deliberately standing up a German Minister – I think during a time of heightened concerns about Chinese buying up key German manufacturers. So they let their personal need to make a statement – even when it was China in the wrong to begin with – damage the ‘eternal’ interests of 1.3 billion odd people. It’s child-like but unfortunately our country is full of compromised interests who have allowed their tentacles into every aspect of our society.

    • 🌼 Extinction Rebel 💀

      “Made in Japan” used to mean “junky” back in the 1970s, now it denotes quality. The same transformation has not happened to “Made in China”

    • Yeah i know huh. Theres a fb group I am a part of for beautiful girls dresses. The other day, first time a lady asked why it was that the dresses are made in china. And asked how much more would it cost if it were made in Australia and that she would want to pay more if it stimulated the Australian economy not China’s right now. Lots of likes.

  3. Japan’s Gov will spend $2bn to help Japanese companies move production back from China.