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No, China will not get away with rewriting history

Beijing mainly cares about convincing its domestic audience, not the global one

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Crew members wave Chinese and Serbian flags after medical experts from China arrived at the Nikola Tesla airport in Belgrade, Serbia on Mar. 21: China's mask diplomacy in action.   © Reuters

On Sunday March 22, Serbia's president greeted a Chinese medical team arriving to assist in the fight against the coronavirus by kissing the Chinese flag. China's state media had a field day.

This was China's mask diplomacy in action: Beijing offers aid and advice to affected countries, and contrasts its efforts with the West's fumbling responses to the pandemic, in the hope that its own responsibility for allowing the fire to spread in the first place will be overlooked.

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