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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 ...

Don’t Worry Africa… China Isn’t Going to Seize Your Assets, But They’re Also Not Going to Forgive Your Debts

There is a sense of anxiety over Chinese debt in several African countries and beyond. From Zambia to Kenya, Uganda, and now even in the small Balkan country of Montenegro. Repeated assurances from China and borrowing countries that the debt situation is under ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Museveni Swats Aside Allegation Entebbe Airport Will be Forfeited to China

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni issued his first public comments about the media reports that incorrectly alleged the Entebbe International Airport is at risk of being forfeited to China.  "I don't remember mortgaging the airport for anything," President Museveni told Reuters over the weekend. "There is no problem, they ...

China Grabs on to Deborah Brautigam’s Frustration With the BBC

The Chinese government and state media have picked up on the controversy that erupted last week when Professor Deborah Brautigam, director of the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, complained on Twitter that the BBC had edited her comments on allegations of 'Chinese debt-trap ...

The Uganda Airport Story and FOCAC Spark More “Bad Takes” in Both Chinese and African Media

The editors at Nigeria's Punch newspaper are apparently still unaware that the story about Uganda's Entebbe International Airport being seized by China as part of a debt default is not true. If they knew that the rumor had been conclusively debunked, ...

The Uganda Airport Controversy is Prompting Renewed Discussion in East Africa About Chinese Debt

The last two weeks' uproar over (unfounded) allegations that Uganda will forfeit the Entebbe International Airport is finally winding down. It's making way for a more nuanced, thoughtful discussion on the implications of Chinese loans to East African countries. Economist and ...

BBC Apologizes to Professor Deborah Brautigam For Misrepresenting Her Views on “Debt Trap Diplomacy”

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) apologized to Professor Deborah Brautigam, director of the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, for editing an interview she did with the network last week in such a way that it sounded like she was a proponent of ...

The U.S. State Department Has All But Abandoned the Chinese “Debt Trap” Line, But Pentagon Officials Haven’t

One of the many differences between the Biden State Department and that of his predecessor Donald Trump is that today's U.S. diplomats rarely make any public reference to Chinese "debt traps," very common taking point just a couple of years ago. Inside the State Department, a number ...

Bad Journalism and a Poor Understanding of International Contractual Law Triggers Uproar in Uganda Over Chinese Loans

Officials from both the Chinese and Ugandan governments took to Twitter over the weekend to furiously denounce a report published late last week in the Daily Monitor newspaper, which erroneously claimed that China will seize the Entebbe International Airport as a result of defaulting on ...

With FOCAC Coming, China-Africa Relations Gain New Prominence on National TV in China

Two of China's leading authorities on Sino-African relations appeared in a nationally-broadcast hour-long show to discuss the current state of Chinese engagement in Africa and to answer questions from a studio audience. The Chinese Foreign Ministry's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, and Fudan University Professor ...
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