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Why vaccines are the new flashpoint in international relations

Alarms began to ring in Canberra when the Chinese government last week tweeted it was ready to come to the assistance of Papua New...

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, the same official who last year tweeted a doctored image of an Australian soldier slitting the throat an Afghan child, not only said China was…

  • Anthony Galloway
  • The Age

“[Acting Foreign Minister Rainbo Paita] said that a friend in need is a friend indeed. PNG sincerely thanks China for its vaccine assistance,” the tweet said.

Paita responded immediately saying the PNG government had not agreed to accept the Chinese vaccines, adding he…

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