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Construction teams work on the Nairobi-Mombasa railway line. Kenya is one of the countries to have benefited from China's development loan strategy.   © Reuters

The numbers behind China's overseas development loan risks

Figures show Belt and Road strategy favors countries with low credit ratings

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | China

LONDON -- Having gone from being mainly a recipient country to one of the world's largest donors of foreign aid, China has built up a complex network of relationships with its development partners around the world.

But, according to analysis of one of the most comprehensive studies on Chinese development aid to date, not all partners appear to receive equal treatment.

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