China wants to make it harder for companies to leave. They are hoping to move towards automation and smart manufacturing with their huge 5G grid in order to keep China cheap and at the center of global supply chains. Many of those supply chains they already dominate.
If they [China] provide public goods [such as test kits and other aid], this is going a long away, and these narratives are meant to help to accelerate that process [of rewriting the narrative]. And I think they may be successful at it if they are really going to show in a big way they are on the ground in a place like Iran, making a difference.