China scores points over Russia with ‘mask diplomacy’ in Belarus

MOSCOW — China’s coronavirus aid has earned mixed reviews in Europe at best, but it appears to be working as advertised in Belarus — apparently at Russia’s expense.

Over the past month, China has sent three cargo planes to the small Eastern European nation, carrying over 82 tons of rapid testing kits, masks, protective suits, respirators and other medical equipment. Another shipment is due to arrive later this month.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko sent a telegram to Chinese leader Xi Jinping earlier this month thanking him for the assistance and inviting him to visit this summer. “Our joint efforts to

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