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Philippines in ‘no danger’ of Beijing’s debt trap, says envoy

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27.11.2018

A CHINESE diplomat on Monday assured the Philippines that it was in “no danger” of falling into a debt trap amid a string of investments that came after Chinese president Xi Jinping’s official to the country last week.

During a business forum, Tan Qingsheng, Charges d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Manila, said apart from infrastructure aid, closer Beijing-Manila ties could spur Chinese tourism in the country, with more than 1.5 million Chinese tourists expected to visit the Southeast Asian country this year.

According to ABS-CBN, Tan said he “cannot understand the logic” of media reports that warned of a potential debt trap.

“Those projects are proposed by the Philippine side, are economically viable and are........

© Asian Correspondent