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Xi Jinping's BRI shoe has a Pakistani stone in it

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project has run into trouble. How Beijing resolves it will be closely watched.

For years now we've heard China-Pakistan ties described in rapturous terms - as close as lips and teeth, as senior Chinese officials sometimes put it.

A Pakistani diplomat has been even more effusive: Sweeter than honey, higher than the mountains and deeper than the oceans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2020, with the headline 'Xi's BRI shoe has a Pakistani stone in it'. Print Edition | Subscribe