To holistically assess the scope and impact of China’s activities during the Covid-19 pandemic, the ChinaPower team collected thousands of data points to construct the Chinese Covid-19 Diplomacy Index (CCDI). Higher CCDI scores indicate greater Chinese influence through Covid-19 diplomacy.
The overall CCDI score is based on scores within two sub-indices: the Medial Diplomacy Index and the Vaccine Diplomacy Index. Each sub-index is composed of two main pillars: Engagement and Response. The Engagement pillar assesses whether, and to what extent, China engaged a given country in terms of supplying either medical aid or vaccines. The Response pillar assesses whether, and to what extent, a recipient country’s government responded to Chinese engagement.