November 04, 2022
US Global Economic Assistance Should Not Mimic China’s. Just Ask Sri Lanka.
By Sean Cairncross
China may require little from recipient countries on the front end. But choosing to engage with China is far from cost-free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.