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Chinese aid does not bode well for Pakistan's Uighur community

Signs of China's influence such as this roadside display in Lahore are becoming increasingly visible. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)

ISLAMABAD "If you need to be accompanied by our security, please do let us know," a police officer said politely at the hotel counter in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city, having mistaken me for a Chinese businessman.

With unprecedented levels of financial aid, China is extending its sway across Pakistan's underdeveloped economy, and, in doing so, gaining increasing influence in various areas of the South Asian country's society -- including the military.

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