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An Insider’s View of the China-Africa “Debt Trap” Debate

The issue of whether African countries are taking on too much Chinese debt is often positioned in the West as some kind of choice as if Africa policymakers prefer to take loans from the Chinese rather than Western governments or international organizations like the ...

A U.S. View on China’s So-Called “Debtbook” Diplomacy Agenda

For the past year or so, senior U.S. government officials been accusing China of engaging in so-called “debtbook” diplomacy, a tactic that Washington contends intentionally burdens developing countries with billions of dollars of loans. When these countries, many of them some of ...

Rex Tillerson’s ‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’ Advice for Africa

There is a certain irony when a U.S. envoy travels to Africa to warn his hosts about the dangers of borrowing money from China. The United States, after all, is the world’s most indebted country and borrows more from China ...
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