China’s response to the Ebola virus disease in West Africa

Ian Christopher Taylor

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This article examines the Chinese response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, first surveying Chinese interests in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Many Chinese workers have been evacuated and projects postponed. For the first time, China has extended humanitarian aid to countries facing a public health emergency. China is under pressure to ‘do something’ but faces its own developmental challenges as well as problems of logistics. Chinese knowledge of Africa is still relatively weak and uninformed. Although China’s assistance dwarves that from the other BRICS, the Ebola crisis has revealed problems in Sino-African relations, not least the gap between rhetoric and reality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-54
JournalThe Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2015


  • Ebola virus
  • Marburg virus
  • China
  • Liberia
  • Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Health
  • Humanitarian aid
  • People’s Liberation Army
  • World Health Organisation
  • China International Fund


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