The Road to Who Knows Where: What one highway project in Cameroon can tell us about the complexities of Chinese lending in Africa
Alex Hardin and Deborah Brautigam, China in Africa, 6 July 2021
Narratives of China’s lending to Africa are often oversimplified, focusing on the Belt and Road initiative writ large, and leveling accusations of “debt-trap diplomacy.” Yet, a peek beneath the surface reveals an increasingly complex web of Chinese financiers and contractors, African government planning and finance bodies, and numerous other infrastructure agencies. Each project reveals a story that both complicates the reductively simple narrative and helps to paint a clearer portrait of the process by which these projects are realized.
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