News Outlets Report On Global Health, Development Issues Related To China

New York Times: China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus
“For over a year, the Chinese government has withheld lab samples of a rapidly evolving influenza virus from the United States — specimens needed to develop vaccines and treatments, according to federal health officials. … Now, as the United States and China spar over trade, some scientists worry that the vital exchange of medical supplies and information could slow, hampering preparedness for the next biological threat…” (Baumgaertner, 8/27).

Washington Post: China pledges $60 billion in aid and loans to Africa, no ‘political conditions attached’
“Chinese President Xi Jinping announced $60 billion in aid and loans for Africa on Monday while hosting more than 40 of the continent’s leaders in Beijing, saying that the money came with no expectation of anything in return. … The package outlined by Xi also includes medical aid, environmental protection, agricultural training and assistance, and government scholarships and vocational training for more than 100,000 young Africans…” (Fifield, 9/3).

Xinhua News: China to set example for global health, development cooperation: Gates Foundation
“As China progresses toward its goal of eradicating poverty domestically by 2020, it is taking an ever more important global role in matters such as energy, climate, and global health and development, says Mark Suzman, chief strategy officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2007, the foundation has been supporting China in overcoming domestic health and development challenges, focusing on issues like HIV, tuberculosis, tobacco control, and [the] fight against extreme poverty, Suzman told Xinhua in an interview on [August 27]…” (8/30).