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Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review.
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Pakistan PM brushes off worries about Chinese 'debt trap'

Abbasi stresses broad economic benefits of joint infrastructure projects

TETSUYA JITSU, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Pakistan sees little reason to fear debts arising from its massive infrastructure projects with China, the South Asian country's leader said in an interview on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi noted that when it comes to the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, an independent body will shoulder the loans in most cases, meaning the national debt would not necessarily increase.

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