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Dec 9, 2018

Amid rising concern over surging debt levels in Africa and costly infrastructure projects that are economically unsustainable, both Chinese and a number of African governments are now beginning to re-evaluate their approach on how to pay for large-scale infrastructure projects.

This week Eric and Cobus discuss the increasingly contentious politics of financing African infrastructure and rising Chinese political pressure at home for more accountability in response to big losses on African projects, especially new railways in East Africa.

For more on this topic, don't miss the excellent reporting by Financial Times reporters David Pilling and Emily Feng in their recent story Chinese investments in Africa go off the rails (paywall).

Join the discussion. Do you think African governments should limit borrowing from China to build badly-needed infrastructure or do you think critics and the media are blowing a few isolated instances out of proportion? Let us know what you think.

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