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Recipients of Chinese loans and development assistance are finding themselves unable to repay or in unfavourable conditions, sparking unrest and even violence in some countries.
Local tribesmen in areas controlled by the Houthis say the group has been cultivating cannabis and creating other illicit drugs to fund its war effort.
Iran's official slogan is 'Neither East, nor West, only the Islamic Republic'. Yet the Islamic Republic is increasingly beholden to Russia and China.
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