The health diplomacy challenge here, as in many countries in the region, is to instigate a meaningful and ongoing dialogue between government and health authorities, which builds public confidence in the health system, one based on scientific evidence and the respect for human rights that consciously engages with civil society representatives and the wider community.
Two years ago then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled her own Silk Road initiative, which called for integrating Afghanistan into the booming economies of the broader region. That integration remains problematic and as Xi's low-key tour suggests it is likely to occur only with China playing the leading role.
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