Follow CAP on Social Media

Listen to the CAP Podcast

Ethiopia’s Appeal For Debt Relief Puts China’s Loan Portfolio Under the Spotlight

Zacharias ABUBEKER / AFP

Ten months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was the first African leader to sound the alarm over the debt crisis that would ensue from the then-nascent outbreak of COVID-19. African economies, he warned face an “existential threat” from the combined effects of an unprecedented public health emergency and its impact on countries’ finances.

Now, that crisis has come home. On Monday, the Prime Minister’s government became the latest African country to reach out to the G20 for help to restructure the country’s debt load. 

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Africa Project?

Independent

The CAP is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.

News

A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Africa stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.

Analysis

Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalist and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Africa discourse.

Networking

A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.