The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been conducting a “mask diplomacy.” It is making itself a world leader by supplying “friendly” countries with medical supplies. However, the poor quality of the products and sometimes even the fake products that China has provided to the world has caused its attempt to backfire.
On March 27, Fahrettin Koca, Turkey’s Health Minister said that China’s testing kits were only 30 to 35 percent accurate; Turkey could not put the kits in use.
On March 28, Maria Rosario Vergeire, the Philippine’s Deputy Health Minister stated at a news conference that some China-made coronavirus testing kits were only 40 percent accurate. The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines announced the next day that, after verification, China’s testing kits did not have a quality problem. Vergeire said that it was another Chinese brand, which a private foundation had donated, that had quality problems.
Malaysian officials said that, to avoid falling into the same trap as Spain (bought Chinese medical supplies but found out later that they couldn’t be used due to severe quality problems), they would not order from China.
Global News reported that Chinese-made “N95” respiratory masks, which were a counterfeit copy of the Valpro Ranger brand, were advertised on the Midas Safety country websites in China, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, as well as on the Valpro Safety website in the United Arab Emirates. Midas Safety said the masks were mistakenly placed on the websites by a web administrator and subsequently removed from the websites after they were informed about it being a fake product.
Related postings on Chinascope:
- “World Leader”: Netherlands Found China’s Face Masks Defected
- “World Leader”: Spain Found 70% Error Rate of China’s Coronavirus Testing Kits
- “World Leader”: The Coronanivus Testing Kits Czeck Republic Bought from China Have 80% Error Rate
1. Excerpt in Chinese:
中国向菲律宾捐赠10万个检测试剂盒，但菲律宾卫生部副部长维赫利 (Maria Rosario Vergeire)于28日在记者会上表示，对比世衞提供的测试剂后发现，部份中国制试剂准确率仅四成，当局表明不会使用。
Source: Deutsche Welle, March 30, 2002
2. Excerpt in Chinese:
此前，菲卫生部副部长韦尔吉雷（Maria Rosario Vergeire）在周六的一场视频记者会上介绍称，根据世卫组织标准，中国送赠予菲律宾的新冠肺炎测试剂盒，部份准确度仅达40%。
Source: Radio France International, March 29, 2020
3. Source: Global News, March 31, 2020
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