BEIJING (AP). As the coronavirus spreads, the richest communist in the world reached into his pockets.
Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Ali Baba Group and a member of the ruling Communist Party, helped power 1000 fans who were brought to New York in April. Ma also provides fans, masks and other materials in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The epidemic marks the first appearance of the Chinese business elite as global humanitarian donors along with American, European and Japanese colleagues. Ma, Alibaba, and other Chinese companies and emperors have donated hundreds of millions of dollars in medicine, food, and money in dozens of countries.
TikTok video service promised $ 250 million to pay healthcare providers and help others affected by the outbreak. Tencent, a well-known WeChat messaging operator, has pledged $ 100 million and says it has put masks and protective equipment in 15 countries, including the United States.
Other companies, such as Lenovo Computer Industry and BYD Auto, supplied masks and other supplies. Haier Smart Home, a global equipment manufacturer, says its Pakistan plant is distributing food to its neighbors.
This gives donors the opportunity to reform China’s image and gain credibility in the government of President Xi Jinping, who is criticized for his secrecy and his delay in responding to the virus that appeared in central China in December, worsening the situation. flash.
“No country can cope with this crisis on its own,” Ma said at an online seminar organized by his foundation for African doctors to speak with Chinese experts who fought the outbreak.
Edward Cunningham, who studies Chinese philanthropy at the Harvard University Ashtray College at the School of Public Administration. Kennedy said in an email that this wave of Chinese donations is distinguished by “international donations, which are usually very limited in volume. “
Cunningham said charity in China has grown along with a booming economy, but it has focused on domestic or foreign universities with family ties to donors.
US companies, including Walmart Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. Medical supplies and money in Africa, India and Latin America. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledged $ 1 billion and pledged donations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Cisco Systems Inc. donated by the World Health Organization and the United Nations.
The Ma Foundation helps African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extend the testing of viruses to one million people across the continent, said John Nkengasong, director of the agency.
Africa, where experts fear that resource-limited healthcare systems may face rising injuries, is Beijing’s long-term diplomatic priority. Chinese companies see the continent as a resource, and its 1.3 billion people – as an important market.
“We are very pleased and proud of the partnership with the Jack Ma Foundation,” Nkengazong said at a webinar on April 28. He said that about 1,600 medical workers from all over Africa participated.
The proposal may be politically sound when Beijing is in conflict with the United States, Europe and its Asian neighbors over trade and technology, espionage charges and regional claims.
European Union Foreign Minister Joseph Borrell wrote in March that there is a “constant struggle for influence” with the “generosity policy”.
Huawei Technologies Ltd. says the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and brand No. 2 for smartphones supplies medical technology, communications, masks and other protective equipment to more than 20 countries, including Spain, Ireland, Zambia. and South Africa.
US officials say that Huawei poses a security risk that the company denies. Washington wants other European allies to bypass Huawei technology when moving to next-generation communications networks.
Huawei did not directly answer the question of whether it is trying to influence official decisions, but in a written statement said that the donations “will be guided by real needs on the ground.”
The Jack Ma Foundation has promised deliveries to all 54 African countries, including 500 fans, 200,000 protective suits, and 500,000 gloves.
“People who consider China to be a country that values their health have an emotional effect,” said Mam Gor Ngum, political analyst and editor-in-chief of Africa Check, an organization in Senegal that checks the accuracy of public complaints.