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Researchers Want Official Washington to Know That China’s Actually Doing Quite a Bit to Relieve the Debt Problem in Africa

While U.S. policymakers are trying to come up with a new, more effective approach to challenge China’s engagement in Africa, a trio of scholars at the Washington, D.C.-based China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University want to make it clear that Beijing is actually doing far more to relieve the burgeoning debt problem in Africa than many officials in the White House and State Department are aware of. 

“While the Trump administration and others have been skeptical about China’s willingness to offer debt relief, our research shows that these fears may be overblown,” according to CARI Director Professor Deborah Brautigam, CARI Research Manager Kevin Acker, and Cornell University Ph.D. Candidate Yufang Huang in a Washington Post column published on Friday.

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