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Government & Political Affairs

Debt-Trap Diplomacy: Chinese influence in Africa

By David Milam

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David Milam is a Government and Political Affairs Major and International Studies  Minor. Growing up a military brat David lived in multiple countries and developed a love for studying new cultures and societies. He is a junior at Millersville University and conducted the research for his project during his Modern China class. David’s project analyzes the effects of  China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Africa and whether China is using the controversial tactic of debt-trap diplomacy to increase Chinese influence in Africa. David hopes to continue traveling the world and plans to seek a career in international intelligence upon graduating. 

Author's Note: 

I have no known conflict of interest to disclose. 

Thank you to my advisor, Dr. David Owen, for his support with this project. This article is a reduced sample of a larger project.  

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to David Milam at

Keywords:  China, Africa, debt, development, influence

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