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Belt and Road

Back to America: Pakistan pitches China's Belt and Road to U.S.

Islamabad turns to Washington as troubles with Beijing-backed projects mount

A man offers evening prayers on a newly constructed pavement along the beach in Gwadar, Pakistan, in 2017.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Pakistan insists that progress on its $65 billion China-backed economic corridor, the crown jewel of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative, has not slowed, even as security and financial problems complicate its development and relations with Beijing.

But recent trips by Pakistani officials to the U.S. suggest that Islamabad hopes to decrease its reliance on Chinese investment and look for help elsewhere.

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