Who Will Actually Benefit From the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railroad?
By Navruz Karimov and Abror Kurbonmuratov
Connectivity projects are crucial for landlocked Central Asian countries. Yet the railway brings major concerns: a lack of transparency, smuggling risks, and a possible debt trap.
COVID-19 Spells Trouble for China in East Africa
By Abdou Rahim Lema and Samu Ngwenya
From debt to trade deficits, the pandemic is highlighting existing problems in China’s relationship with the East African Community.
Pakistan Discovers the High Cost of Chinese Investment
By Hussain Haqqani
A new report sheds light on the true costs of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for Pakistan.
China’s Debtbook Diplomacy: How China is Turning Bad Loans into Strategic Investments
By Sam Parker and Gabrielle Chefitz
Belt and Road is not the Marshall Plan: it’s comprised of loans, not grants, and China expects a return for its money.
Can Central Asia’s Poorest States Pay Back Their Debts to China?
By Dirk van der Kley
Despite concerns, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have, so far, been able to manage debt repayment to China fairly well.
China’s Cooling Economy is a Warning for ASEAN
By Luke Hunt
The S&P downgrade last month was just the latest sign of lingering concerns about Beijing’s economy.
China’s Mounting Fiscal Problems
By Sara Hsu
Reforms are on the backburner as central and local governments try and stimulate growth.
Interview: Naoyuki Yoshino
By Clint Richards
The Diplomat speaks with Dr. Naoyuki Yoshino on the future of Japan and East Asia’s economic growth.
Is China Getting Ready to Clean Up Its Debt?
A number of signs suggest that it might be. It will be a fine line to walk, if so.