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Can the Belt and Road become a trap for China?

Program risks leaving Beijing vulnerable to the growing bargaining power of recipient states

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China-funded Colombo Port City Project, pictured during construction in Oct. 2015: some BRI partner countries are now demanding to renegotiate terms.   © Getty Images

Critics often claim that China is using its massive Belt and Road Initiative as a form of coercive "debt-trap diplomacy" to exert control over the countries that join the transnational infrastructure investment scheme.

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