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Why Did Chinese Lending to Zambia Go So Wrong? Zambia-China Expert Counts the Ways

Ching Kwan (CK) Lee is one of the most influential thinkers on Africa-China relations working today. While she’s mostly known in academic circles, her analysis has reshaped thinking about the nature of China’s global influence, especially in Africa.

A professor of sociology at UCLA, Lee became famous for The Specter of Global China, her account of seven years of fieldwork among Chinese mining companies in Zambia. 

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