China’s COVID Vaccine Diplomacy and Its Implications for Southeast Asia


About the Webinar

In this webinar, Yanzhong Huang will examine China’s employment of COVID vaccines as a tool of diplomacy. China is one of the forerunners in the development of COVID vaccines. Chinese leaders have promised to make the vaccines a global public good and give developing countries priority access once they become available. What are the main drivers of China’s vaccine diplomacy? To what extent is Beijing’s approach different from that of other major powers? How successful is it? And what does it mean for Southeast Asia in terms of the vaccine access and its relationship with China?

About the Speaker

Yanzhong Huang is a Senior Fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States. He is also Professor and Director of global health studies at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, 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 author of Governing Health in Contemporary China (2013) and Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and its Challenge to the Chinese State (2020). His articles have appeared in outlets including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Survival, New York Times, and South China Morning Post. In 2006, he coauthored the first scholarly article that systematically examined China’s soft power. He has testified many times before congressional committees and is regularly consulted by major media outlets, the private sector, and governmental and non-governmental organizations on global health issues and China.


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Feb 19 2021


9:00 am - 10:00 am