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Belt and Road

Pakistan replaces its Belt and Road chief with Beijing favorite

Removal of retired army general from top position stirs debate among businesses

Pakistan's government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, has replaced its head of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, in a move seen as being orchestrated by China, led by President Xi Jinping. (Source photos by Reuters) 

KARACHI -- Pakistan has replaced the head of its Belt and Road projects with an energy expert who is a favorite of Beijing in a bid to push the stalled projects forward, providing observers with another anecdote of China appearing to manage the infrastructure plan from behind the scenes.

Pakistan's government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Aug. 3 appointed Khalid Mansoor to the country's top position responsible for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) -- the $50 billion local component of Beijing's Belt and Road Infrastructure plan -- replacing Asim Saleem Bajwa, a retired army general.

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