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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 ...

Fact-Checking a Kenyan MP’s Assertions About the Risks of Borrowing From China

Kenya's former majority speaker and current MP from the northeastern city of Garissa, Aden Duale, is not a big fan of China...to say the least. He took to Twitter during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit last week to tell his 650,000 followers how Africa's ...

One of China’s Top Africa Scholars Tries to Explain How Wang Yi Chooses What African Countries to Visit and Also Responds to Debt Trap Accusation

For 32 years, Chinese foreign ministers like Wang Yi have made it a priority to go to Africa for their first overseas trip of the year but little is known about what goes into selecting the countries for these annual visits. ...

Incompetence, Inexperience to Blame For China’s Bad Loans in Global South, More Than Any “Plot to Enslave Poor Countries,” Argues Professor

The prominent expert on Chinese finance, Michael Pettis, is the latest scholar to challenge the popular narrative that China engages in predatory lending abroad. Instead, the Peking University professor attributes the surge of Chinese loans to less developed countries on "inexperience" and "bad lending practices."

China’s Ambassador to Uganda Tried (Again) to Settle the Entebbe Airport Seizure Controversy

The Chinese and Ugandan governments collaborated in what appears to be an effort to jointly refute last month's Daily Monitor story that falsely claimed the Entebbe Airport would be seized by China as part of a debt default. Ambassador Zhang Lizhong led ...
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