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Pakistan seeks China's help as it shows solidarity on coronavirus

Some experts skeptical on Beijing's ability to help out Belt and Road partners

Volunteers stand with hand sanitizer and masks, to offer to people, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, from a stall setup by an NGO for awareness, at the premises of the St John Cathedral in Peshawar, Pakistan on March 15.    © Reuters

KARACHI -- Pakistan's President Arif Alvi visited China last week to express solidarity during the coronavirus crisis, as well as to seek Beijing's help with Pakistan's battle against the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Diplomatic experts are closely watching how far China can go in helping out one of its major allies in the Belt and Road Initiative.

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