Laos Is Not in a Chinese ‘Debt Trap’ – But It Is in Trouble
By Anjali Bhatt
Laos is disturbingly reliant on investment from China – and no one knows how much, and under what terms.
China and Greenland: Debunking the ‘Debt Trap’ Scenario
By Mikkel Schøler and Marc Lanteigne
Postulating a Chinese debt-trap scenario for Greenland runs counter to existing evidence, including Greenland’s trade interests, Denmark’s ongoing policies, and the growing role of the US.
The BRI in Bangladesh: ‘Win-Win’ or a ‘Debt Trap’?
By Shaikh Abdur Rahman
Bangladesh's prudent, selective engagement with China's Belt and Road has helped Dhaka avoid the debt problems that plague other South Asian participants.
What Zambia’s New Debt Reveal Tells Us About the ‘China Debt Trap’ Theory
By Ferdinando Cinotto
The data, once again, do not back up the prevailing narrative.
How BRI Debt Puts China at Risk
By Jessica C. Liao
Critics pushing the “debt trap diplomacy” slogan often downplay the fact that BRI debt is as much a problem for China as it is for borrowing countries.
Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks
By Bob Rehorst and Wouter Kuijl
How ineffective foreign investment and corrupt state elites pose a threat to the sovereignty of Central Asia’s poorest nation.
African Perspectives on China
Abdul-Gafar Tobi Oshodi, Hannah Ryder, and Bob Wekesa discuss the many variations of African views on China, from pessimism to optimism and everything in between.
Papua New Guinea and China’s Debt Squeeze
By Robert Potter
A debt trap? Not quite. But PNG’s telecom industry is a showcase example of how debt to China weighs down governments and constrains choices.
Belt and Road Stakeholders Don’t Believe China Uses ‘Debt-Trap Diplomacy’
By Pradumna B Rana and Xianbai Ji
The authors’ recent book, which includes a survey of opinion leaders from BRI stakeholder countries, debunks the “debt-trap diplomacy” thesis.
Laos Stumbles Under Rising Chinese Debt Burden
By Sebastian Strangio
Its economy battered by COVID-19, the nation's sovereign reserves have fallen to less than $1 billion, putting it on the brink of default.
China’s Infrastructure-Heavy Model for African Growth Is Failing
By Thierry Pairault
In Ethiopia and Kenya, the attractive illusion of the “China model” has had grave financial consequences.
Watch China’s Unconventional Levers of Power in World Affairs
By Robert Sutter
Unconventional – and often overlooked – practices form a key part of China’s international influence.