China, Africa and the WHO : a challenge for post covid19 multilateralism

Author
Valerie Niquet
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Japan Institute Of International Affairs (JIIA)
Abstract
China plays a significant role in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia, where the current Director-General of the WHO was Minister of Health and then Minister of Foreign Affairs. This opaque influence and the support given by Beijing to Dr. Tedros seems to have weighed on the positions taken by the WHO in the face of the Covid 19 crisis. The consequences of these decisions are now being felt worldwide and contribute to undermining the credibility of a fragile multilateral system.
Topic
International Relations, Diplomacy, United Nations, World Health Organization, Multilateralism, Soft Power, COVID-19
Political Geography
Africa, China, Asia