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Belt and Road

Khan tries to ease concerns over China's Belt and Road

Pakistani province demands fair share of $62bn development project

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, right, with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing last November. Officials in Pakistan’s Balochistan province say it is failing to reap the full benefits of major infrastructure projects in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.   © Reuters

QUETTA, Pakistan -- A restive province in Pakistan has tempered its criticism toward the central government following a visit by the country's prime minister last week, when he inaugurated construction projects seen as crucial for the local economy.

Analysts said that Imran Khan's trip to southern Balochistan province served to placate the grievances of local leaders over the Beijing-funded $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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