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Coronavirus: can Japan counter China’s vaccine diplomacy with Southeast Asian donations?

Japan’s plan to send Covid-19 vaccines to countries across Southeast Asia, starting with a donation of 1 million doses to Vietnam on Wednesday, is at least partly aimed at raising Tokyo’s profile in the region as a counterweight to China, analysts said.As well as Vietnam, Japan intends to donate vaccines to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand next month, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a press conference on Tuesday, without giving details on how many doses the other…

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