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New Research Reveals China’s Pulling Back on Loans to Africa

China is steadily pulling back the reins on its lending practices in Africa, according to a new report published on Monday by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers Deborah Brautigam and Kevin Acker found that Chinese loans to African public sector borrowers fell again in 2019 to $7.7 billion, down 30% from the year before. And that is a significant decrease when measured against the $28 billion that China lent in 2016.

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