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New Boston University Report Challenges Chinese Debt Trap Meme That’s Still Popular With U.S. Government Officials

The Chinese debt trap meme was a prominent topic of discussion during AFRICOM commander General Michael Langley's recent testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C.. Image via AFRICOM.

Researchers at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center did not mince words in a report published this week, in which they stated that “debt trap diplomacy is not a driver of Chinese lending and overseas development finance.”

For anyone who follows this issue closely, it might seem odd that yet another prominent U.S. research institute is going out of its way again to debunk an assertion that has been repeatedly disproven by numerous scholars around the world.

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