January 08, 2022
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.
November 09, 2021
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.
October 29, 2021
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.
October 27, 2021
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.
March 24, 2021
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.
February 09, 2021
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.
February 02, 2021
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.
November 06, 2020
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.
September 07, 2020
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.
July 30, 2020
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.
June 30, 2020
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.
June 01, 2020
China and the COVID-19 Debt Crunch
By Hannah Ryder
Is relief from China the answer to the debt woes of COVID-19?