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A 2021 Update On What We Know About Chinese Lending to African Countries

There’s ample evidence of a sharp decline in Chinese lending to developing countries, specifically in Africa. But that doesn’t mean that China is out of the development financing game altogether. 

Zainab Usman, director of the Africa Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. examined two recent data sets, one from the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University and the other from AidData/Kiel Institute/Center for Global Development to identify current trends in Chinese lending patterns in Africa.

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