China’s “New” Silk Road

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The "New" Silk Road - the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - is China's grand idea for the 21st century, promising to transform international development assistance for health. Named after the ancient network of terrestrial and maritime routes, BRI represents a massive USD$1 trillion investment in trade and cultural exchange, stretching through Eurasia and connecting to Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Flynn Murphy's Feature reveals glaring global tensions about BRIs impact-will China forge a new paradigm for global health or is BRI a modern form of colonialism? What are BRI's promises and perils, and how could China reform BRI to genuinely advance the right to health?

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Lawrence O. Gostin, China’s “New” Silk Road, 360 Brit. Med. J. (Online) Feb. 22, 2018.