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Jun 24, 2018

For the past year or so, senior U.S. government officials been accusing China of engaging in so-called “debtbook” diplomacy, a tactic that Washington contends intentionally burdens developing countries with billions of dollars of loans. When these countries, many of them some of the poorest in the world, invariably can’t pay them back, Beijing extracts concessions that further China’s geopolitical interests, according to the theory that is now widely held among U.S. politicians, academics, and strategists.
Just before they graduated with master’s degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, then students Gabrielle Chefitz and Sam Parker wrote a paper on the subject that went viral, at least among those in the close nit U.S. national security community. Sam and Gabrielle join Eric & Cobus to talk about China’s so-called “debt book diplomacy” strategy and how specifically how it applies in Africa.
Join the discussion. Do you agree with U.S. national security officials who believe that Beijing is intentionally burdening lesser developed countries in Africa and other regions with unsustainable amounts of debt? Or, instead, do you think the United States is misreading the situation for its own political gain as a way to scare countries from becoming too engaged with China? Let us know what you think.
Twitter: @eolander | @stadenesque | @samwparker33 | @gchefitz
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