write off phrasal verb
write something ↔ off
to officially say that a debt no longer has to be paid, or officially accept that you cannot get back money you have spent or lost
The United States agreed to write off debts worth billions of dollars.
The Inland Revenue wrote off £900 million in unpaid taxes.
hub noun [C]
UK /hʌb/ US /hʌb/
hub noun [C] (CENTRAL PART)
the central or main part of something where there is most activity:
The City of London is the hub of the UK's financial world.
The computer department is at the hub of the company's operations.
staging post noun [C] UK
UK /ˈsteɪ.dʒɪŋ ˌpəʊst/ US /ˈsteɪ.dʒɪŋ ˌpoʊst/
a place where stops are regularly made on long journeys:
Hong Kong is often used as a staging post on flights from Melbourne to London.
For people who have spent a long time in a mental hospital, a hostel acts as an important staging post (= a place to stay temporarily) between the hospital and a home of their own.
(from Cambridge Dictionary)
Debt-trap diplomacy is a concept in international finance used to describe a powerful lending country or institution extending debt to a borrowing nation partially or solely for the lender to increase its political leverage. The term "Debt-trap diplomacy" was originally associated with Indian academic Brahma Chellaney.
検索すると，"Myth of China's debt-trap diplomacy"系統の議論が割と多いですね。
December 13, 2021
Today's show begins with a report on the destruction caused by dozens of suspected tornadoes that struck eight U.S. states over the weekend.
After our daily trivia question, we're headed to Denmark to report on the pros and cons of a unique waste treatment plant that doubles as a ski slope.
And we're visiting a home in Germany that holds the world record for having the most decorated Christmas trees.