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China Grabs on to Deborah Brautigam’s Frustration With the BBC

The Chinese government and state media have picked up on the controversy that erupted last week when Professor Deborah Brautigam, director of the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, complained on Twitter that the BBC had edited her comments on allegations of ‘Chinese debt-trap diplomacy’ in such a way that distorted her remarks.

While the BBC later apologized to Brautigam, blaming an “inexperienced producer,” the story lit up Twitter, particularly among pro-China users critical of the British news organization’s coverage on topics related to Xinjiang.

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