China deepened South-east Asia ties with vaccines, aid and talks: Report

A woman receiving the Chinese Sinovac vaccine at a school in Jakarta in September 2021. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - China deepened its ties with Asean economies during the Covid-19 pandemic at a pace that the United States failed to match, says a new report on Beijing's diplomacy.

China's promise of vaccines, pandemic aid and high-level conversations between leaders increased its influence and strengthened its ties with the region, said the report by independent think-tank Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI).

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