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A critical look at Chinese ‘debt-trap diplomacy’: the rise of a meme

A critical look at Chinese ‘debt-trap diplomacy’: the rise of a meme In 2017, a meme was born in a think tank in northern India: Chinese ‘debt-trap diplomacy’. This meme quickly spread through the media, intelligence circles and Western governments. Within 12 months it generated nearly 2 million search results on Google in 0.52 seconds and was beginning to solidify into a deep historical truth. Stories can contain truths and falsehoods. Human emotions, including negativity bias, prime us to think in certain ways. This paper retells a series of stories about China’s international involvement, including in Angola, Djibouti, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, that challenge the media’s spin. It concludes with some suggestions about the relationship between academia and the media and policy worlds, and the need for scholars to speak ‘truth’ to ‘power’. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Area Development and Policy Taylor & Francis

A critical look at Chinese ‘debt-trap diplomacy’: the rise of a meme

Area Development and Policy , Volume 5 (1): 14 – Jan 2, 2020

A critical look at Chinese ‘debt-trap diplomacy’: the rise of a meme

Area Development and Policy , Volume 5 (1): 14 – Jan 2, 2020

Abstract

In 2017, a meme was born in a think tank in northern India: Chinese ‘debt-trap diplomacy’. This meme quickly spread through the media, intelligence circles and Western governments. Within 12 months it generated nearly 2 million search results on Google in 0.52 seconds and was beginning to solidify into a deep historical truth. Stories can contain truths and falsehoods. Human emotions, including negativity bias, prime us to think in certain ways. This paper retells a series of stories about China’s international involvement, including in Angola, Djibouti, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, that challenge the media’s spin. It concludes with some suggestions about the relationship between academia and the media and policy worlds, and the need for scholars to speak ‘truth’ to ‘power’.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 Regional Studies Association
ISSN
2379-2957
eISSN
2379-2949
DOI
10.1080/23792949.2019.1689828
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Abstract

In 2017, a meme was born in a think tank in northern India: Chinese ‘debt-trap diplomacy’. This meme quickly spread through the media, intelligence circles and Western governments. Within 12 months it generated nearly 2 million search results on Google in 0.52 seconds and was beginning to solidify into a deep historical truth. Stories can contain truths and falsehoods. Human emotions, including negativity bias, prime us to think in certain ways. This paper retells a series of stories about China’s international involvement, including in Angola, Djibouti, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, that challenge the media’s spin. It concludes with some suggestions about the relationship between academia and the media and policy worlds, and the need for scholars to speak ‘truth’ to ‘power’.

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Area Development and PolicyTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2020

Keywords: debt-trap diplomacy; Chinese international involvement; cinema; ports; Hambantota; Djibouti; Angolan ghost town; F02; F21; F30; O10; O18; 债务式陷阱外交;中国国际参与;电影院;港口;汉班托特;吉布提;安哥拉鬼城; diplomacia de la trampa del endeudamiento; participación internacional de China; cine; puertos; Hambantota; Yibuti; una ciudad fantasma en Angola; дипломатия долговой ловушки; международная вовлеченность Китая; кино; порты; Хамбантота; Джибути; ангольский город-призрак

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