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Why Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Hot Take on Chinese Debt in Africa Is So Problematic

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke with Bloomberg's Margaret Collins about her recent trip to Africa. Image via Bloomberg.

In a recent interview, the U.S. ambassador to the UN (and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa) weighed in on China’s role in African debt distress in terms that could be described as ‘blinkered’ at best (‘disingenuous’ is another possibility): 

MARGARET COLLINS: Staying on Africa for one more question here, Secretary Janet Yellen was also in Africa last month. She was talking about debt relief in some places like Zambia, where you also have people like China who believe that restructuring of certain debts is not the way to go. What’s your perspective on debt relief for some of these countries in Africa that are really struggling?

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