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Belt and Road

Pakistan struggles to contain rise of anti-China sentiment

The south becomes focus of insurgent attacks due to Belt and Road development

A police officer ushering people away from the Chinese consulate in Karachi on Nov. 23 after the attack   © Reuters

QUETTA, Pakistan -- The attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi last week is a sign that the Pakistani government may be struggling to contain anti-China sentiment at an awkward time when it is asking Beijing for financial assistance to avert a balance of payments crisis.

The latest attack came in the morning of Nov. 23, as three militants of a splinter group of Baloch Liberation Army stormed into the Chinese consulate in Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi. Security guards shot dead the gunmen, and two policemen and two civilians were also killed.

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