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China and Greenland: Debunking the ‘Debt Trap’ Scenario
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.

The BRI in Bangladesh: ‘Win-Win’ or a ‘Debt Trap’?
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.
What Zambia’s New Debt Reveal Tells Us About the ‘China Debt Trap’ Theory
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.

How BRI Debt Puts China at Risk
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.

Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks
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.

African Perspectives on China
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.

Papua New Guinea and China’s Debt Squeeze
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.
Belt and Road Stakeholders Don’t Believe China Uses ‘Debt-Trap Diplomacy’
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.

Laos Stumbles Under Rising Chinese Debt Burden
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.

China’s Infrastructure-Heavy Model for African Growth Is Failing
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.

Watch China’s Unconventional Levers of Power in World Affairs
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.
China and the COVID-19 Debt Crunch
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?

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