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Public Editor of Uganda’s Daily Monitor Newspaper Acknowledges Errors in Entebbe Airport Coverage

Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper has for the first time acknowledged some wrongdoing in a November report that sowed panic about China seizing Entebbe International Airport. Odoobo C. Bichachi, the Nation Media Group’s Uganda Public Editor, admitted in an op-ed on Friday that the article was misleading. ...

Is China’s Lending Particularly “Aggressive”?

Amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the bleakest prognosis on climate change yet, you may have missed the ongoing saga of Uganda’s Entebbe Airport. A quick recap: Uganda loaned $325 million from China Exim Bank to upgrade the airport. ...

Entebbe Airport Clarification Draws Lackluster Media Response

Last December, the Daily Monitor in Uganda unleashed a firestorm with an article claiming that the Entebbe International Airport was in danger of being seized as collateral for an unpaid Chinese loan. The story was poorly-sourced and ill-informed (for example, the loan in question wasn’t out of its ...

New Research Concludes Uganda’s Entebbe Airport Was Never at Risk of Being Seized by Chinese Creditors

Uganda's Entebbe International Airport was never at risk of being seized by Chinese creditors in the event of a default on the $200 million loan, according to new research by Brad Parks and Ammar Malik at AidData in the United States. ...

An Exchange Between British Lawmakers Highlights How Bad Information About China Makes Its Way Into the Foreign Policymaking Process

A virtual meeting of the House of Lords International Relations and Defense Committee in London on Wednesday revealed the extent to which faulty information about China's engagement in Africa has become embedded in the UK's foreign policy process. In a brief ...

How the Chinese Debt Trap Narrative Spreads in Washington

A webinar convened on Friday by the Middle East Policy Council in Washington, D.C. highlights how the Chinese debt trap narrative has become an accepted truth among U.S. stakeholders, despite a lack of evidence that Beijing intentionally loads up developing countries with unsustainable levels of ...

IMF = Good, China = Debt Trap ??

The New York-based geopolitical consulting firm Eurasia Group's media unit, GZERO, published a new infographic on Thursday that sums up the deeply ingrained yet highly simplistic media narrative in the United States about Western institutions like the IMF versus China: A) ...

If You’re Going to Criticize China For Its Lending Practices, Make Sure to At Least Get Your Facts Right

The central bank in Sri Lanka will make a $500 million payment on Tuesday to bondholders, the first tranche of $4.5 billion in debt servicing obligations that Colombo is due to pay this year. The South Asian island state ...

Global Times Isn’t Happy With the FT’s Report on Chinese Lending in Africa

This week's Financial Times story by Africa Editor David Pilling and Greater China Correspondent Kathrin Hille on the slowdown in Chinese infrastructure lending in Africa provoked a largely favorable response among international audiences but almost no reaction from Chinese stakeholders... until today.

It’s Difficult to Overstate Just How Much the “Debt Trap” Accusation Irks Chinese Officials

Wu Peng, China's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, on Wednesday posted a tweet that featured a week-old video of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari defending his decision to borrow from China. Wu didn't include any other reference in ...
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