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African Opportunities in China-Africa Relations
February 11, 2022

African Opportunities in China-Africa Relations

By Ndidi Akahara
African countries have the agency to use relations with China to their own advantage. Whether African leaders will use their power to benefit their people is another question.

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.
Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns
December 03, 2021

Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns

By Sebastian Strangio
The $5.9 billion railway, an impressive feat of Chinese engineering, is set to tie Laos ever closer to its northern neighbor.

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative a Threat to the US?
May 22, 2021

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative a Threat to the US?

By Sara Hsu
While there's room for improvement, there is little evidence that the BRI is something to fear.

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.

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.

Will the IDB’s Politicization Pull China and Latin America Closer?
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.
Under Trump, the US Strategy for Countering China Is Mimicking China
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.

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.

COVID-19: The Impact on China-Africa Debt
June 02, 2020

COVID-19: The Impact on China-Africa Debt

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Linda Calabrese.

The Belt and Road in Sri Lanka: Beyond the Debt Trap Discussion
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.
Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?
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.

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