THAT DIDN’T STOP AMERICANS voicing concerns that the OBOR and other Chinese programmes are a debt trap for African governments. The Washington-based Centre for Global Development puts Djibouti at high risk, and Ethiopia and Kenya at significant risks of unsustainable debt from Chinese lending. Addis Ababa and Beijing recently agreed to extend Ethiopia’s deadline to pay back its loan for a railway project. Around the same time, the White House announced a revamped Overseas Private Investment Corporation, with a $60bn war chest to ward off Chinese influence. Critics of Chinese lending point to places like debt-mired Zambia, where the lack of strings attached from Chinese money has seen lavish government spending on non-productive items.