Chinese financial institutions, not only the country’s official creditors, are working to help ease the debt woes of African nations, which have worsened due to the pandemic-induced global economic downturn, Beijing’s top Africa diplomat said on Friday. Reuters reports that China, Africa’s largest creditor, has agreed to take part in a World Bank and International Monetary Fund-supported initiative to suspend debt service on official bilateral debt for poorer countries. However, Beijing has come under criticism, notably from the United States, for lacking transparency about its lending and due to uncertainty surrounding which of its lenders would participate in the relief programme.