Sep 19, 2018 06:38 PM

Q&A: Robert Zoellick Says Increasing Scrutiny of China Reflects Nation’s Accomplishments

Photo: VCG
Photo: VCG

Recent criticisms of China’s lending to foreign governments are, in a way, “a measure of China’s accomplishments” because they reflect the heightened expectations that come with increased power, former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick said.

The country’s multi-continent Belt and Road Initiative and its increasing engagement with Africa in particular have come under fire from commentators who say many developing countries are becoming increasingly mired in Chinese debt. China has defended its overseas initiatives — which include lending, investments and aid — as cooperation aimed at win-win results.

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