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The indebtedness of WAEMU countries to China

Thierry PAIRAULT
Directeur de recherche émérite (CNRS / EHESS),
Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (France)
pairault@ehess.fr
ORCID : https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4995-6228

Abstract: The 2020 health situation has compelled the IMF and the World Bank to publish information that was otherwise not made public to justify debt relief for countries whose debt levels might be deemed too dangerous. In this context, where everything is said to praise or demonise Chinese financing in Africa, we are just trying to gather the available data, particularly the newly published data, to question the real debt burden of the eight WAEMU countries towards China, and the significance of this debt for development strategies.

Keywords: China, indebtedness, WAEMU.

JEL classification : F34, O19, O55.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18559/RIELF.2021.2.2