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.
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.
November 05, 2020
Will the IDB’s Politicization Pull China and Latin America Closer?
By Isabel Bernhard
U.S. and Chinese attempts to shape Latin American governments’ lending options raise issues of sovereignty and choice.
October 28, 2020
Under Trump, the US Strategy for Countering China Is Mimicking China
By Andreea Brînză
The US has begun to copy questionable Chinese behaviors, from aggressive diplomatic criticism to forcing sell-offs and joint ventures.
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.
June 02, 2020
COVID-19: The Impact on China-Africa Debt
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Linda Calabrese.
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.
November 19, 2019
Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?
By Ankit Panda
The new president’s election manifesto pledged to “revisit” the 99 year lease transfer of Hambantota port.
July 05, 2019
How Chinese Mobile Money Technology Can Mitigate Excess Sovereign Debt
By Xiaochen Su
China could share its experience in fintech to help developing countries raise their tax income.
May 21, 2019
Reforming the Chiang Mai Initiative
By Mie Oba
Can East Asia come together to strengthen its financial system?
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.
March 12, 2019
China’s ‘Debt Diplomacy’ Is a Misnomer. Call It ‘Crony Diplomacy.’
By Mark Akpaninyie
The debt trap isn’t a national strategy. Instead, unchecked profit motive is driving Chinese firms to exploit poor nations.