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“Nothing New Here” Concludes Leading China Scholar About Xi Jinping’s African Debt Cancellation Offer

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking at a China-Africa summit focused on COVID-19. Photo via Xinhua.

Mariana Rudyak, a prominent China scholar at the University of Heidelberg in Germany who specializes in Chinese foreign aid, provided a short assessment of President Xi Jinping’s announcement that Beijing would cancel interest-free loans due before the end of the year.

In a four-part thread on Twitter, Dr. Rudyak explained why she thinks this is not a very significant development:

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