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Karachi terror attack strains Pakistan's ties with China

New government needs to listen to the concerns of Balochi separatists

| Pakistan
Police officers and a crime scene unit gather near a passenger van after a blast at the entrance of Karachi University's Confucius Institute on April 26: The attack crossed many red lines.   © Reuters

Raffaello Pantucci is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore and author of "Sinostan: China's Inadvertent Empire" (Oxford University Press, April 2022).

While Beijing would never admit it, the rise of Shehbaz Sharif as Pakistan's new prime minister is a welcome development.

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