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China puts pressure on Pakistan, keen on its own security companies for CPEC-related projects
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China puts pressure on Pakistan, keen on its own security companies for CPEC-related projects

| @indiablooms | 08 Jul 2022, 08:04 pm

Beijing/Islamabad: Beijing has put pressure on Islamabad in various ways to ensure the safety and security of the Chinese nationals living and working in Pakistan on CPEC (China–Pakistan Economic Corridor)-related projects.

According to a HK Post report, recently, China has told Islamabad that it wanted its own Private Security Company (PSC) to protect its citizens and assets in Pakistan after the targeted killing of Chinese language teachers at the University of Karachi.

China has been consistently asking Pak army chief General Bajwa and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to tighten the screws to ensure the safety and security of Chinese nationals and projects in Pakistan, reports ANI.

That CPEC security remains a priority for Beijing is evident, but its latest request is also a sign of the spreading tentacles of Chinese PSCs overseas, which act as extensions of the Chinese state, ANI reported.

The Shahbaz Sharif government in Pakistan has turned down a Chinese request for its PSCs to operate on Pakistani soil, but it is likely that China will continue pushing for such an arrangement, Nikkei Asia reported on June 28.

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