What benefits does China gain by waiving debt to African countries like this?

There's an extremely strong anti China and anti Russian bias. Not only I am getting downvotes, but people are also saying things that are completely false about news and reports from U.S. sources when they go against the narratives they choose to believe in (China is bad, is worse than the West) even if those things are not even related to the question, and they try to make China look bad every chance they get even if it's not even related to the question at all.

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    People downvoting doesn't mean they are anti China or Russia
    – Joe W
    Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 1:08
  • Were some comments deleted, and do you have other questions as examples? Because that question currently has 2 downvotes and comments by only one user, and even if those 2-3 users are biased that doesn't seem like "extremely strong" bias.
    – Giter
    Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 13:27
  • The question is currently at +1, but even if it was negatively-scored, that wouldn't be an indicator of anti-China bias. It might just mean that the question can be improved in some way.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 13:51
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    Related question: Help! I am being oppressed! Why do people keep downvoting my opinions?
    – Philipp Mod
    Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 18:06
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    I often get downvotes with zero explanation whatsoever. Anyway your Q has two DVs and 4 UVs, so that hardly looks like much of a site-wide bias as you claim. Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 18:10
  • Aside, as I was typing a comment under the (only) answer, I noticed 2 DVs rolling in on the anwer (they were like literally seconds apart). That's why wrote there I wasn't DV-ing. There's still zero explanation for DVs on the answer. Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 18:29
  • At the moment, the linked question is +4/-2. I am not sure that's a good example. If you have other examples, it may help to add them to this meta question to give people a better idea of whether this is a pattern.
    – wrod
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 10:54

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So you said

China doesn't own much of Africa's debt anyway

and you point to articles arguing that it's not a debt trap because in the authors' opinion China finances stuff not that different from what the World Bank did or does (like infrastructure).

In your mind the two issues ("doesn't own much of Africa's debt anyway" and debt trap) seem to be synonymous, but in others' they are not, e.g. WaPo writes:

As Africa's largest bilateral creditor, China holds at least 21 percent of African debt — and payments to China account for nearly 30 percent of 2021's debt service, as shown in the figure below. Angola alone accounts for almost a third.

Of course, one can quibble what percentage is "much".

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