Tue 25 Sep 2018 / Africa
Risks of Belt and Road in Africa
Apprehension over China's Belt and Road initiative continues to build. Some observers have accused Beijing of unduly exerting influence on other countries in the guise of infrastructure assistance. It is increasingly apparent that the risks to recipient African economies in particular are substantial, but their governments are left with little choice. It will take several years of use before one can properly measure the full economic benefits of new Chinese-built infrastructure. Meanwhile, the risks are self-evident.