January 05, 2022
Is China’s ‘Debt-Trap Diplomacy’ in Greenland Simply on Ice?
By Erin Parsons
Should Greeland continue to move toward independence, the cash-strapped territory would be at high risk of falling prey to Chinese investments that seek to gain influence.
November 29, 2021
China’s BRI Lending: $385 Billion in ‘Hidden Debts’
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Brad Parks.
October 12, 2021
What the AidData Report Reveals About BRI Lending in Southeast Asia
By James Guild
The report shows both the extent of Chinese lending to the region and the agency with which governments have engaged with the BRI.
October 08, 2021
Are China’s BRI Glory Days Over?
By Luke Hunt
ASEAN wrestles with Chinese debt and post-pandemic recovery plans.
July 01, 2021
Does China Weaponize Lending?
By Robert Farley
China’s commitment to economic efficiency has always been colored by a desire to maximize political influence.
June 16, 2021
China’s Role in Cameroon’s Risk of Debt Distress
By R. Maxwell Bone
China is Cameroon’s largest creditor, with 61 percent of the African country’s external debt owed to Beijing.
May 20, 2021
A New Database Reveals China’s ‘Secret’ Loans? Think Again.
By Leah Lynch, Patrick Anam, and Judith Mwai
Borrower countries have more control over the terms of Chinese loans – including transparency – than the prevailing narrative suggests.
November 05, 2020
Will the IDB’s Politicization Pull China and Latin America Closer?
By Isabel Bernhard
U.S. and Chinese attempts to shape Latin American governments’ lending options raise issues of sovereignty and choice.
June 24, 2020
Putting a Dollar Amount on China’s Loans to the Developing World
By Yufan Huang and Deborah Brautigam
At long last, we now know how much poor country governments owe China.
June 11, 2020
What to Make of China’s Debt Relief Announcement
By Eleanor Albert
China is instituting the G-20's temporary debt suspension, but how will Beijing reframe the debt narrative in the long term?
April 15, 2020
Chinese Debt Relief: Fact and Fiction
By Deborah Brautigam
COVID-19 has increased calls for China to forgive old loans. Time to sort out the facts and the fiction about how China manages debt in troubled times.
March 12, 2019
China’s ‘Debt Diplomacy’ Is a Misnomer. Call It ‘Crony Diplomacy.’
By Mark Akpaninyie
The debt trap isn’t a national strategy. Instead, unchecked profit motive is driving Chinese firms to exploit poor nations.