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A Primer on China’s Role in the Worsening Zambian Debt Crisis

Zambia’s debt restructuring deal that was hailed earlier this year as a “landmark” breakthrough for developing countries is now in shambles. Talks broke down a couple of weeks ago when bilateral creditors led by China and France objected to the terms that bondholders were negotiating with Lusaka on the grounds that private creditors were getting more out of the deal.

Now, three years into this process, Zambia is once again stuck in limbo as rival creditors feud over who will get paid first and how much.

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