U.S.-China Health Cooperation

​The United States and China have entered a period of strategic competition, but bilateral cooperation on health is more important than ever. Superpowers cannot operate as solitary players—they “cannot bowl alone” in American parlance—in the face of emerging global health threats, and when the benefits of cooperation clearly outweigh the risks associated with cooperation. The Covid-19 pandemic, with its novel nature and devastating impact globally, represents another critical opportunity for bilateral cooperation. 

The chief goal of the U.S.-China Health Cooperation project is to generate a deeper understanding of how the academies, NGOs, business leaders, and governments in the two countries are thinking about key evolving global health challenges and inspire concrete forms of coordinated action in pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. The project is composed of written works, virtual communication, and in-person dialogues.


Yanzhong Huang and Scott Kennedy, “Advancing U.S.-China Health Security Cooperation in an Era of Strategic Competition,” CSIS Report, December 1, 2021.

Scott Kennedy, “Xi-Biden Meeting May Help End China’s Destructive Isolation,” Foreign Policy, November 14, 2022.

Stephen J. Morrison, Yanzhong Huang, and Scott Kennedy, “China’s Zero Covid: What Should the West Do?” CSIS Commentary, June 27, 2022.

Scott Kennedy, “China’s Neighbors Are Navigating COVID-19, Beijing, and Washington,” Foreign PolicySeptember 13, 2022.

Blog Post
Scott Kennedy, “China Travelogue Series #2: Living with Zero-Covid,” CSIS Trustee China Hand Blog, December 13, 2022.

Trustee Chair, “Exiting Zero-Covid: China’s Provincial Covid-19 Rules Tracker,” CSIS Trustee China Hand Blog, December 9, 2022.

Scott Kennedy, “China Travelogue Series #1: A Long, Strange Trip: Arrival and Quarantine,” CSIS Trustee China Hand Blog, November 2, 2022.


Scott Kennedy
Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics