Pakistan pushes China to realign goals in its Belt-and-Road initiative: WSJ

Pakistan’s new govt. is pushing China to establish factories and poverty-alleviation initiatives in Pakistan, instead of only big infrastructure programs that so far have dominated Beijing’s high-profile overseas investment program, the Wall Street journal reported. The Pakistani move to broaden that effort comes as Beijing experiences rising criticism and pushback on its program across a range of countries, from Malaysia to Montenegro. The program will move toward private-sector Chinese factories in Pakistan, more Pakistani suppliers and laborers will be included, and social-sector projects such as sanitation will be added. The new govt. is also looking at whether the projects were unfairly skewed to benefit Punjab.