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THE DEBATE

Debt trap? The allure of Chinese money in Africa

Is Africa locked in a debt trap? At a summit with African leaders, China's president dismissed claims of a new colonialism as he promised $60 billion in fresh funding for the continent. Can Xi Jinping's guests afford to pay him back? Will his big belt and road initiatives make them beholden to Beijing? Xi made a promise of "no political strings attached", but warned against vanity projects. So what are the strings attached, and are those leaders mortgaging their countries' futures?

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Produced by Michele BARBERO, Tommaso MAZZANTI and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.

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