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US can outshine China at coronavirus medical diplomacy

Washington needs to boost existing anti-pandemic research networks in Asia

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A medical staff takes samples at a drive-thru testing center in Daegu, South Korea, on Mar. 3; the U.S. can learn from its partners.   © Reuters

Erin Murphy is principal of Inle Advisory Group, a business advisory business focused on Myanmar and emerging Asian markets. She was special assistant to the U.S. Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma.

The scramble to address the COVID-19 pandemic has opened a new power struggle between the U.S. and China, medical diplomacy.

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