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?
May 07, 2020
The Belt and Road in Sri Lanka: Beyond the Debt Trap Discussion
By Divya Hundlani & Pabasara Kannangara
More than an overstated “debt trap,” Sri Lanka should consider the environmental and labor impacts of Chinese investment.
January 01, 2020
The Hambantota Port Deal: Myths and Realities
By Umesh Moramudali
Untangling the truth about Chinese debt and Sri Lanka means cutting through some misleading media narratives.
June 06, 2019
Understanding Indonesians’ Souring Sentiment Toward China
By Dikanaya Tarahita and Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Longstanding anti-Chinese prejudices, coupled with foreign policy fears, are bringing down China’s image among Indonesians.
May 14, 2019
Is Sri Lanka Really a Victim of China’s ‘Debt Trap’?
By Umesh Moramudali
Sri Lanka’s debt crisis and Chinese loans – separating myth from reality.