What 100 contracts reveal about China’s development lending ($)

Loans are not obviously predatory; secrecy is sometimes a condition

China insists it is helping poor countries follow in its own debt-financed footsteps, offering the kind of patient capital other lenders are now too wary to provide. China’s critics instead accuse it of drenching countries in red ink, then grabbing strategic assets, such as ports or mines, as collateral when a country defaults.


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