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Karachi murder raises red flag on China's ambititious $50 billion projects

Pakistan responds by raising a 15,000-strong force to protect CPEC projects and Chinese working at the sites

Pakistan-China relations
Pakistan-China relations

Chen Zhu finished lunch last week at Karachi’s China Town restaurant before driving to buy groceries opposite Zamzama Park, an upmarket area in Pakistan’s financial capital close to diplomatic consulates and a Navy-fortified housing estate. A gunman opened fire at least nine times on the 46-year-old Chinese managing director of the local unit of Shanghai-based Cosco Shipping Lines Co., which has operated in Pakistan since 1994. Chen, who was hit in the head and later died in hospital, had relinquished his usual police escort during the Feb. 5 national holiday. Without ...