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Braving security fears, Chinese seek 'Silk Road' riches in Pakistan


A view of the facade of a Chinese restaurant catering to the growing Chinese population in Islamabad, Pakistan June 10, 2017. Picture taken June 10, 2017. - Reuters

A view of the facade of a Chinese restaurant catering to the growing Chinese population in Islamabad, Pakistan June 10, 2017. Picture taken June 10, 2017. - Reuters

LAHORE, Pakistan/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Zhang Yang, a businessman from Chongqing in southwest China, is searching online forums for fellow stout-hearted entrepreneurs willing to cast aside security concerns and join him on a scouting mission to Pakistan.

Zhang, 48, is one of a growing number of Chinese pioneers sensing an opportunity across the Himalayas in Pakistan, where Beijing has pledged to spend $57 billion on infrastructure projects as part of its "Belt and Road" initiative.

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