Insight: Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town


GWADAR, Pakistan China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy.

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