CeMEAS Conversations: Felix Turbanisch

CeMEAS Conversations: Felix Turbanisch

Mask Diplomacy: China’s Export of Medical Goods in Times of Covid-19

We are excited to present Felix Turbanisch as part of our CeMEAS Conversations.

In this video, Felix Turbanisch discusses his latest research on China’s export of medical goods during Covid-19 pandemic. He debates China’s role within the global supply of medical products and discusses economic and political factors of China’s medical aid.

He answers the following questions:
00:05 – 1. With the outbreak of Covid-19, the global demand for medical products, especially face masks, surged. How can we evaluate China s role within the global supply of medical products? 01:41 – 2. Who are the top commercial importers of Chinese medical goods? Which countries receive the greatest amount of medical donations?
03:18 – 3. What kind of economic and political factors are associated with China’s exports of medical equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic?
05:40 – 4. In your research, you tackle the question of how China uses aid for its own geopolitical goals. What are major controversies within China’s intensely debated mask diplomacy ?
06:58 – 5. What are future challenges in researching China’s export of medical equipment and the research of political underpinnings within international trade relations?
Felix Turbanisch is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Development Economics under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs. He holds an MA in Chinese Studies from Heidelberg University and a BSc in Economics from Bonn University. Before coming to Göttingen, he pursued his research interest in the Chinese economy at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. Other fields of interest include development economics, political economy and applied econometrics.
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