China fires back at Yellen, tells US to 'cope' with its own debt

China fires back at Yellen, tells US to ‘cope’ with its own debt

China clapped back at U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen this week after she accused Beijing of being a debt reform “barrier” for Africa and informed Washington to “cope with its own debt downside.”

“The greatest contribution that the U.S. could make to the debt points exterior the nation is to act on accountable financial insurance policies, cope with its own debt downside, and cease sabotaging different sovereign nations’ lively efforts to clear up their debt points,” the Chinese Embassy in Zambia stated in accordance to Reuters Wednesday. 

Yellen, alongside with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, arrived in Zambia Sunday to tackle debt reform throughout Africa. 

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visits a female-savings co-op and small-holding farm in Chongwe, Zambia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, as a part of a Treasury 10-day tour of Africa, with stops in Senegal, Zambia and South Africa. (AP Photo/Fatima Hussein / AP Newsroom)

US HITS DEBT CEILING, THREATENING ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

U.S. officers have lengthy warned China has appeared to nations in Africa the place it provides loans to poor nations – which finally are unable to repay the credit score – to maintain them beholden to Chinese pursuits – a scheme some have deemed “debt trap diplomacy.”

For instance, Zambia defaulted on its debt in 2020 and has made little progress in restructuring funds with China and personal collectors, pushing its economic system to the brink as poverty ranges escalate. 

In 2022, the World Bank flagged that the world’s poorest nations owed $35 billion in debt service funds to authorities and personal collectors – 40% of which had been owed to China, reported Reuters.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visits a female-savings co-op and small-holding farm in Chongwe, Zambia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, as a part of a Treasury 10-day tour of Africa, with stops in Senegal, Zambia and South Africa.  (AP Photo/Fatima Hussein / AP Newsroom)

YELLEN SAYS TREASURY WILL TAKE ADDITIONAL ‘EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES’ ON DEBT LIMIT

The U.S. is dealing with its own monetary woes although, as Republicans danger defaulting on the federal authorities’s debt amid GOP pushes to slash federal spending programs like Medicare and Social Security within the battle over the debt ceiling. 

As U.S. lawmakers grapple with economy-based politics from Washington, Yellen has seen her own challenges throughout her three country-trip to Africa which is aimed at displaying a dedication by the U.S. as a number one associate within the area.

However, Yellen’s journey has reportedly been a hard sell by the Biden administration after support to African nations was slashed beneath the Trump administration coupled by financial hardship brought on by the COVID pandemic and now the meals shortages amid the battle in Ukraine.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks throughout a gathering with Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema at the State House in Lusaka, Zambia, Jan. 23, 2023.  (AP Photo/Salim Dawood / AP Newsroom)

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“I do not know the way I can provide assurances, truthfully,” Yellen informed Reuters when touring from Senegal to Zambia.

Yellen stated each Democrats and Republicans have a vested curiosity in well being and commerce initiatives with African companions, however convincing African nations that Washington is usually a dependable associate for the lengthy haul is the final word problem.