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Pakistan to pay compensation for Chinese workers killed in attack

Unprecedented step for Dasu victims ahead of Khan's China trip next month

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, is laying the ground for meetings with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, and other top Chinese leaders in Beijing in February.    © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan has approved an unprecedented $11.6 million in compensation for the families of Chinese engineers who were killed and wounded in a terrorist attack last year in a move to smooth bilateral relations as Prime Minister Imran Khan prepares to visit Beijing in February.

The move comes at a time when ties between the two countries have begun to cool. A strategically important infrastructure project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has stalled. The $50 billion flagship component of President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative has hit a number of snags, including security problems in Pakistan.

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