China has waived some of the debt owed to it by the Democratic Republic of Congo, to help the central African country overcome the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Congo’s foreign affairs ministry said on Wednesday. Africa News reports that while the amount of debt to be forgiven was not revealed, the China Africa Research Initiative says that Beijing has extended loans amounting to $2.4bn to Kinshasa, since 2000, mainly to build infrastructure. It was further revealed that during Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s visit to the country the DRC had signed up to the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa, becoming the 45th African country to do so.