African lender says China not trying to lead region into ‘debt trap’
06 September 2019 | 4:29 pm
China is not trying to lead African countries into a debt trap and provides critical investment along with other countries to close a funding gap for crucial infrastructure projects on the continent, the head of the regional lender said on Friday.
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