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The Legend of Hambantota and China’s “Debt Trap” Diplomacy

China's critics, largely in the U.S., often hold up the Sri Lankan port in Hambantota as the cautionary tale of what purportedly can happen when a developing country fails to pay back its loans to Beijing. Because Sri Lanka fell behind ...

Amid Mounting Chinese Debts, “President Lungu is Running Out of Options.”

A bombshell report in Africa Confidential this reveals that Zambia has borrowed significantly more from Chinese companies than previously reported and now those Chinese creditors are not in much of a mood to negotiate or reschedule those debts.

Deborah Brautigam: No Evidence of Chinese Debt Traps in Africa

Johns Hopkins University professor and director of the China-Africa Research Initiative in Washington, D.C., Deborah Brautigam, joins Eric & Cobus this week to discuss accusations that China engages in so-called "debt trap diplomacy." The "debt trap" narrative, also commonly referred to as ...

Analyst Explains Why China's "Debt Trap Diplomacy"​ Critics Are Wrong

China's critics, led largely by the United States, are determined to warn developing countries about the risks of borrowing too much money from Beijing. They contend China will use these loans to financially entrap economically vulnerable countries as part of a broader effort to ...

A Conservative American View on U.S.-China-Africa Relations

There is a lot of confusion in some parts of the world, including Africa, as to what role the United States wants to play in the current international order. On the one hand, institutions like the State Department, Pentagon, and USAID maintain that Washington ...

African Governments Need to Negotiate Better Deals With China. Here's How They Can Do It.

Africa's rising indebtedness to China is prompting concern across the continent that governments need to do a better job negotiating infrastructure financing deals. Too often, critics contend, the Chinese are simply out-maneuvering their African counterparts in the negotiating process. This is the core of ...

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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