China’s Role in Global Health Diplomacy: Designing Expanded U.S. Partnership for Health System Strengthening in Africa

Matthew Brown, Bryan A. Liang, Braden Hale, and Thomas Novotny

Photo Courtesy of US Mission Geneva via  Flickr

Photo Courtesy of US Mission Geneva via Flickr

China is the world’s fastest growing economy.1 China also presents challenges to the United States as differences in trade policy, human rights, and regional interests become more pronounced.2 In addition, China remains remarkably quiet on issues of international development and global health, which makes finding areas of strategic alignment with other nation states and global governance institutions, challenging.3 Employing the perspective of global health diplomacy, collaborations in Africa to strengthen health systems have the potential to both improve relations between the two economic superpowers and amplify the public health impact of investments in African nations. This paper presents four collaborative strategies for consideration by the newly established Office of Global Health Diplomacy in the U.S. Department of State.