Hong Zhang is a PhD candidate at Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. Her research interests include the political impact of China’s overseas development assistance and the global expansion of Chinese SOEs. She had worked for five years as an overseas correspondent with China’s Caixin Media in London and Washington D.C.
The narrative of PRC “debt-trap diplomacy” has gained increasing traction in some parts of the international media and US foreign policy-making communities. While useful in highlighting the adverse consequences of