Instability broke out along China’s `Belt and Road` project in Pakistan

Instability broke out along China's `Belt and Road` project in Pakistan 0

(Dan Tri) – Protests by local people and bombings targeting Chinese people pose a challenge for Beijing as it pours large amounts of money into Pakistan in the `One Belt, One Road` initiative.

Protest in Gwadar this week (Photo: The Balochistan Post).

Guardian reported that protests recently broke out in the port city of Gwadar in Pakistan.

This week, protesters including fishermen and local workers blocked roads in Gwadar, Balochistan province.

On June 20, a suicide bombing targeting Chinese citizens on the route to Gwadar port killed two children.

The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) rebel group claimed responsibility for the incident.

The protests that took place over the past week are part of a wave of protests against China’s presence in Gwadar, where the seaport here is an integral part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Under this project, Pakistan agreed to lease Gwadar port to a Chinese corporation for 40 years.

The Pakistani government accepted Chinese investment in the hope that it would help boost the country’s economy.

Instability broke out along China's `Belt and Road` project in Pakistan

The scene of a car bomb explosion at a hotel in Quetta city, Pakistan on April 21, carried out by the Taliban group (Photo: Getty).

Rebel groups in Balochistan, including the BLA, have carried out a series of attacks against CPEC projects.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong was also targeted in a terrorist attack on the hotel where he was staying in Balochistan in April. This diplomat was unharmed.

China has nothing to do with the electricity and water shortages in Gwadar.

Residents said they were promised that Chinese investment would be used to develop the area, including building a thermal power plant to supply energy to the area.

Last month, Pakistan arrested five Chinese fishing boats on suspicion of illegal fishing not far from Gwadar port.

However, Chinese authorities denied that the detained Chinese fishing boats were fishing illegally and stated that they were only sheltering from the storm.

Mir Sher Baz Khetran, a senior researcher at the Islamabad Institute of Strategic Studies, said such protests could affect China’s presence in Pakistan.

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