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Fears of Chinese Predatory Lending in Central Asia

Niva Yao is a specialist in China-Central Asian affairs and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

The Chairman of Kyrgyzstan’s Council of Ministers, Akylbek Zhaparov, repeated debunked accusations on Wednesday that China seized strategic assets in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka when they couldn’t afford to repay their debts. He warned that the same could happen in his Central Asian country unless all debts to China are repaid.

 “We all need to unite in order to maintain our independence,” he said.

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