The Diplomat: Why China Could Be a Game Changer for Global Health

In recent years, China has begun to take a leadership role in the arenas of trade, foreign policy, and climate change. Global health is next, argues Charlotte Röhren for the Diplomat. In 2014, Beijing provided critical assistance to combat Ebola, “an important milestone in its growing integration in global health governance.” Besides humanitarian reasons, the country stands to benefit by contributing. China is home to more than one-third of the 20 cities where a human pandemic is most likely to begin, and the country has also faced an uptick in avian flu fatalities and antibiotic-resistant superbugs this year. As traditional Western donors like the United States are slashing foreign aid budgets in a turn toward domestic issues, newcomers may have to step up to the plate to avoid further exacerbating existing funding shortfalls in the WHO. —YaleGlobal

The Diplomat: Why China Could Be a Game Changer for Global Health

China, by collaborating with the World Health Organization and African nations, can help prevent pandemics around the world
Charlotte Röhren
Friday, April 28, 2017

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Charlotte Röhren contributed to the Research Program on Foreign Relations and International Security at the Mercator Institute for China Studies from January to March 2017. She is currently studying for her MA in International Relations in Berlin and Potsdam after completing her BA in Chinese, Development Studies and Economics at SOAS, University of London, and Beijing National University. 

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