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Understanding China’s Belt and Road Infrastructure Projects in Africa

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David Dollar, senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, challenges a number of the prevailing themes common in US and European capitals about China’s Belt and Road Initiative. In his paper, published on the Brookings website, Dollar addresses the “debt trap” narrative, highlights the heterogeneity of BRI-funded projects and examines Chinese debt sustainability in Africa.

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