This is a wonderful framework for a lot of misinformation. Keep that in mind as you work your way through.
This author is deeply biased against any form of actual ownership and implied direction. and ignores the real history of clear countermeasures. So much of both Western and Chinese capital deployment in other states is deeply corrupt to start with and once that burden is shaken off, you still must make the asset pay. Owning a clearly uneconomic port in Sri Lanka is a bad joke.
There is no doubt that the CCP is making a whole range of global capital deployments that reflect a fascist world view of the inevitability of Chinese global dominance and plenty of former colonies are quite happy to oblige them. Good luck with all that.
The CCP is now been confronted and are presently suffering discomfort. They must submit to a fair international order. The USA is taking the lead in creating just this and the progress will be steady but slow as well. In the meantime, CCP failure to submit allows the remainder of SE Asia to loot China's opportunities for as long as it takes.
As i have posted in the past, perhaps not in name, but the British Emperium including the USA and Europe provides a powerful counterweight to Fascist CCP ambitions. And these are CCP ambitions and not Chinese ambitions. The people know better and are rapidly adopting the full palette of western sensibility..