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Misreading of China’s BRI and aid data by US think tanks is disappointing (Zhang Chuanhong, Global Times)

US research institute AidData recently issued a report claiming in an average year during the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) era, China spent $85 billion on overseas development programs, causing a significant increase in “hidden debt” in low- and middle-income countries. The report also listed a range of other problems that it alleged was caused by BRI, such as “infringement of labor rights” and “environmental issues.”

Misreading of China’s BRI and aid data by US think tanks is disappointing – Global Times