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China's Belt and Road partners will not hold back for long

Pakistan and other nations grumble but have few alternatives to Beijing's billions

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Pakistan has gone rapidly back and forth on China's giant Belt and Road Initiative this month, first hinting at a major rethink, then issuing furious denials.

Islamabad's mixed signals follow similar grumbling noises about BRI around Asia, adding to the sense that, five years after its launch, Beijing's flagship infrastructure program is in trouble. But that impression is misleading. With few alternative financing sources, China is likely to find just as many takers for its money in future.

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