Re­gionChina’s Africafa­vors Sino-US­role grows co­op­er­a­tionafter Ebola

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Dur­ing the 2014 Ebola out­break in West Africa, China sent aid worth $120 mil­lion and dis­patched more than 1,200 med­i­cal work­ers, in­clud­ing pub­lic health spe­cial­ists, to 13 af­fected coun­tries, in­clud­ing Sierra Leone, to help com­bat the dis­ease.

Wang of China CDC said that “it’s im­por­tant to em­power Africa” and to let it as ac­cu­mu­latea sign of US lo­cal com­mit­ment­ca­pa­bil­ity, over be­causethe long there’s term,no telling many ex­pressed con­cern that it has when Ebola or an­other in­fec­tious cre­ated mis­un­der­stand­ings dis­ease might make a and­deep­enedChina-US ri­valry, come­back. ac­cord­ing to the re­port. Samba said there was a Also, most ASEAN coun­tries lack of pub­lic health ser­vices see China’s Belt and be­fore the Ebola Road Ini­tia­tive as a big op­por­tu­nity out­break. In the coun­try and ex­pect to ben­e­fit of 7 mil­lion peo­ple, there from it, the re­port says. are only 20 to 30 pub­lic

ASEAN coun­tries also seek health spe­cial­ists, nearly all re­as­sur­ance that China will trained abroad, al­though not ex­er­cise hege­mony. While China is help­ing to im­prove most ex­perts said thatASEAN the sit­u­a­tion, he said.

“The con­cept and pro­ce­dures to con­tain Ebola fit all other emerg­ing pathogens as well,” Samba said. “Ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing in pub­lic health is a ma­jor part of our na­tion’s full re­cov­ery plan.”

Ac­cord­ing to Wang, the West African coun­tries hit hard by Ebola, which killed more than 11,000 peo­ple na­tions view China as a power in the re­gion, have all seen they need and can live with, their de­vel­op­ment process they also said China’s poli­cies wob­bling, if not en­tirely in the re­gion re­main “un­clear halted. So “any small help and un­pre­dictable”, the can make a whole world of re­port said. dif­fer­ence,” he said. “Most ex­perts with whom After the Ebola cri­sis, the re­search team met China made an of­fer to de­scribed China’s over­all the African Union to help South­east Asia pol­icy as pos­i­tive, build a dis­ease con­trol and with the re­gion hun­gry pre­ven­tion cen­ter in Ad­dis to ben­e­fit from eco­nomic Ababa, cap­i­tal of Ethiopia, re­la­tions with China,” the where the or­ga­ni­za­tion has re­port said. its head­quar­ters.

It also showed that ASEAN

The cen­ter will cover 54 coun­tries­na­tions havein Africa,less clar­ity many onof whichthe fu­ture have US no role. func­tional pub­lic “To­day, health more sys­tem,and morehe said. Chi­nese and even some ASEAN“It’s a project coun­tries en­dorsed­tend by to the think pres­i­dentsthat re­bal­ancin­gof China to Asi­aand theis to US con­tainand car­rieda ris­ing out China.by per­son­nelEven if it’s from­not 100 both per­cent­coun­tries,” true ... Wang many said. Chi­nese More Chi­nese and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries think spe­cial­ists will soon that way. Then you should be com­mis­sioned to aid the dou­ble-check and re­view this op­er­a­tion of the African pol­icy,” CICIR Vice-Pres­i­dent Union’s CDC. Yuan Peng said. China also helps it­self by Yuan de­scribed the re­bal­anc­ing help­ing oth­ers, said Gao Fu, to Asia and sta­ble China-US deputy di­rec­tor of China re­la­tions as two pil­lars CDC. “Our ex­pe­ri­ence in for Wash­ing­ton. “You can’t Africa helps us make our just use one pil­lar to sus­tain dis­ease pre­ven­tion more Asia pol­icy while ig­nor­ing the ef­fec­tive.” other pil­lar,” he said. Gao also urged the Chi­nese Vikram Singh, vice-pres­i­dent gov­ern­ment to build a for na­tional se­cu­rity and new lab of the high­est biosafety in­ter­na­tional pol­icy at CAP, level, known as p4, in de­scribed the eco­nomic North China. di­men­sions as most im­por­tant. “The trade de­bate and the fact that the TPP (Tran­sPa­cific Part­ner­ship) is likely not to sur­vive are play­ing into a feel­ing in this re­gion that the US re­bal­anc­ing pol­icy is go­ing to fal­ter,” he said.

The re­port sug­gests ex­pand­ing China-US co­op­er­a­tion in the oceans to in­clude coastal na­tions and cities in South­east Asia, and ex­pand­ing China-US en­ergy and cli­mate co­op­er­a­tion to in­clude South­east Asian na­tions.

“What we found was a con­certed de­sire for the United States and China to co­op­er­ate closely with each other as well as with the ASEAN na­tions, de­spite the un­for­tu­nate re­al­ity that the two giants are of­ten at odds with each other,” saidMe­lanieHart, CAPse­nior fel­low and the di­rec­tor of China pol­icy.

What we found was a con­certed de­sire for the United States and China to co­op­er­ate closely.” The con­cept and pro­ce­dures to con­tain Ebola fit all other emerg­ing pathogens as well.”

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