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Did China Intervene in a Pakistani Election? Controversy Reveals Beijing’s Economic Centrality

Pakistani and Chinese officials celebrating the recent 10-year anniversary of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Image via @PlanComPakistan

A revealing war of words has erupted between Pakistan’s current ruling party and its predecessor touching on China’s political influence.

On the ten-year anniversary of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a massive Belt and Road Initiative project incorporating transport logistics, industrial zones and a port, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal implied that China worked behind the scenes to ensure smooth elections in 2018.

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