Pakistan appoints new Belt & Road chief to appease China

Islamabad: Pakistan has replaced the chief of Belt and Road projects in an attempt to lure China as the appointed energy expert is close to Beijing, media reports said.

Pakistan appointed Khalid Mansoor to the country’s top position responsible for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — the 50 billion USD local component of Beijing`s Belt and Road Infrastructure plan — replacing Asim Saleem Bajwa, a retired army general, Nikkei Asia reported.

Khalid Mansoor, with a career spanning 32 years, has worked at top management positions in many energy-related companies including Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company and Hub Power Company Limited, the latter of which has been involved in CPEC projects, Nikkei Asia added.

A number of projects under the CPEC, including those in the power sector, are currently facing delays for various reasons including the ongoing pandemic.

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