China and the World in the Post-COVID-19 Era

The Harvard China Health Partnership and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies co-organized a forum with Wuhan University on November 11, 2020 entitled “China and the World in the Post-COVID-19 Era.” Organized in two sessions underscoring the pandemic’s lingering effects on public health and the global economy, the event drew 300 people attending in-person, over 100 members of the international community attending on-line, and over 170,000 attending on-line from China. Event speakers–including keynote speakers Jeffrey D. Sachs (Columbia University) and Jeffrey Koplan (Emory University)–enumerated multiple areas where cooperation between the United States and China can yield benefits for both countries, even as the overall relationship becomes characterized by competition.

Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs of Harvard University, offered opening comments in front of a socially-distant audience before Session I, “Broader Implications on Global Health and Psycho-Social Impacts.”
Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, gave a keynote during Session II, “The Future Under Global Economic Integration.”


  • Please see additional information in the program agenda here.
  • Sina, a general interest media outlet in China, summarized the event here.
  • China Healthcare, a healthcare industry media outlet in China, summarized the event here, with additional pictures.