In this episode, Dr. Jeremy Youde joins us to discuss China’s evolving role in the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Youde outlines how China’s contributions to the WHO have changed over time, and highlights its main sources of influence in the organization. He also explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some of the challenges that the WHO and the international community face when working with China. Finally, he explores the risk that Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHO poses to global health, and offers insights on Taiwan’s prospects for achieving a greater role in the organization following COVID-19.
In this episode, Dr. Yanzhong Huang joins us to discuss China’s efforts to control the spread of a coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China. Dr. Huang analyzes Beijing’s response to this outbreak in comparison to its management of the deadly SARS epidemic, and assesses how China has worked with the World Health Organization and the international community to contain the virus. He also explains the risks that the outbreak poses to the legitimacy of Chinese leadership and offers insights into how the government may improve its ability to prevent and respond to future health crises.
Successfully managing the threat of pandemics and epidemics requires advanced capabilities and robust resources. Decades of economic development have enhanced China’s ability to defend against infectious diseases, but the outbreak of COVID-19 laid bare critical health security weaknesses.
Access to adequate health care is crucial to social and economic development, as healthy human capital fosters productivity and economic growth. Comprehensive reforms have enabled China to improve health outcomes across the country, but significant gaps persist between urban and rural populations. Learn more with this ChinaPower exclusive.
Significant demographic shifts present two social challenges for China: a reduced Chinese working force supporting its widespread industrial bases, and new social issues pertaining to its pronounced gender imbalance and insufficient senior care.