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Terrorists employ new tactics to hit CPEC

ISLAMABAD: China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become a major trigger for terrorists, galvanising their movement as they employ new tactics -- including suicide attacks -- in an escalation that could rattle Beijing, observers say.A deadly weekend attack by gunmen who stormed a luxury hotel in Gwadar, was the latest high-profile assault linked to the multi-billion dollar CPEC.CPEC -- part of China s massive Belt and Road initiative -- seeks to link its western province Xinjiang with Gwadar, giving Beijing valuable access to the Arabian Sea and conferring new roads, ports, and airports on Pakistan.Pakistani authorities routinely term Gwadar, a former fishing village, as the next Dubai .There s good reason to believe that the hotel attack spooked Beijing in a big way, given that a major facility was struck in a city that houses one of the crown jewels of CPEC, Kugelman said. The project, he continued, is a major trigger for Baloch insurgents .

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