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The rising costs of China's Pakistan project

Slow progress aside, attacks by militants on Chinese nationals have tarnished what was supposed to be the jewel in the crown of the Belt and Road Initiative.

A photo from May 23, 2018, shows Chinese workers at a Chinese-backed power plant under construction in Islamkot in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. PHOTO: AFP

Last month, the obscure Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) claimed a pair of attacks against Chinese businessmen going about their affairs in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. A bomb was detonated near a restaurateur, while a businessman and his interpreter were shot at as they looked around a car showroom.

The random attacks were not surprising, with the group being one of a number that have targeted the growing Chinese population in Pakistan, but the decision to attack so brazenly in Pakistan's largest city showed the group's growing ambition.

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