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CPEC won't lead to new colonialism in Pakistan: China Daily

Pak economist Akbar Zaidi alleged that operationalisation of CPEC would enslave Pakistan gradually

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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A Chinese newspaper on Tuesday took exception to a Pakistani scholar's remarks that will become a "of China" once the China-Economic Corridor is operationalised, describing it as an example of the deceptive use of

"Concerns that China-Economic Corridor (CPEC) will result in in by are not new and still wrong," an article in the state-run Global Times said, countering top Pakistani S Akbar Zaidi's assertion that the project may bring some power and jobs in the short run but would enslave the country in the long run.

"People often use warnings from history, but those warnings can sometimes be misplaced. The CPEC- a flagship project under the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative - would be a new form of seems to be an obvious example of the deceptive use of history," the article said.

The Global Times article while refuting Zaidi's charge said "of course, only time will tell whether or not there will be a repeat of under the B&R".

"But the irresponsible use of is misleading for the public's understanding of the So far, at least based on what has done in Pakistan, it is hard to link the project with trying to exploit economically. It's also hard to understand how some projects could threaten a country's sovereignty," it said.

"The accusation is essentially a conspiracy theory which, without any foundation, presents as an evil investor and treats the countries relying on to prop up the local as brainless recipients," the article said.

First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 15:50 IST