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Enter the Dragon and the Elephant: China’s and India’s Participation in Global Health Governance

An IIGG Working Paper

Author: , Senior Fellow for Global Health

Enter the Dragon and the Elephant: China’s and India’s Participation in Global Health Governance - enter-the-dragon-and-the-elephant-chinas-and-indias-participation-in-global-health-governance

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date April 2013

22 pages


Yanzhong Huang examines China's and India's participation in three dimensions of global health governance (GHG): health-related foreign assistance, the development and implementation of global health rules, and the ideational foundations of their participation. Overall, both countries are increasingly active in participating in GHG, but they not only fail to shoulder significantly more responsibilities in GHG but also fail to offer a viable, sustainable alternative to the existing governance paradigm. Future directions and effectiveness of their participation will ultimately be determined by the dynamics of the ongoing global power shift and the two countries' ability to address domestic health challenges.

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Yanzhong Huang is senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directs the Global Health Norm Setting Roundtable series. He is also an associate professor and director of the Center for Global Health Studies at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, where he developed the first academic concentration among U.S. professional schools of international affairs that explicitly addresses the security and foreign policy aspects of health issues. He is the founding editor of Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm. Huang has written extensively on global health governance, health diplomacy and health security, and public health in China. He has published numerous reports, journal articles, and book chapters, including articles in Foreign Affairs, Survival, and Bioterrorism and Biosecurity, as well as op-ed pieces in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Diplomat, and South China Morning Post, among others. His new book, Governing Health in Contemporary China, looks at the health-system transition in post-Mao China, including health-care reform, the government's ability to address disease outbreaks, and food and drug safety. He is frequently consulted by major media outlets, the private sector, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations on global health issues and China. In March 2012, he was listed by InsideJersey as one of New Jersey's "20 exceptional intellectuals who are changing the world." He has taught at Barnard College and Columbia University. Huang was previously a research associate at the National Asia Research Program (NARP), a visiting senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore, a public intellectuals fellow at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received his PhD degree from the University of Chicago.

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