There’s been a noticeable increase this year in the frequency of seminars (off and online) in the United States about the Belt and Road and China’s role in Africa in particular. Generally speaking, the consensus among the participants, particularly those from the U.S., is quite negative towards China — not surprising given the worsening tensions between the U.S. and China, and the deeply embedded narratives in both countries that influence their respective discourses.
There was certainly some of that sentiment in a recent online discussion hosted by the New York-based non-profit Network 20/20 that featured Gyude Moore from the Center for Global Development in Washington and Jennifer Hillman from the Council on Foreign Relations but quite a few contrarian views were expressed as well — something you don’t hear very often among establishment analysts:
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