While the concept of the Health Silk Road (HSR) was first mentioned in a speech by Xi Jinping in 2016, the HSR has always stayed on the margin of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) until the unexpected outbreak of the coronavirus. According to a new FES analysis, the HSR is going to provide in the future an increasingly important policy frame for China to strengthen and reform its foreign medical aid system, increase its influence in regional and global health governance, direct BRI investment to basic public health investment, enlarge China’s role in the supplies of medical products and services and to improve its image.
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