Guardian: Lahore’s metro line opened to fanfare – but what is the real cost of China’s ‘gift’?
Thu November, 2020, Age: 2 years
Last week, the Pakistan city of Lahore opened its first light-rail transit system, paid for by a $1.6 billion dollar loan from China’s Exim Bank. It is one of the largest metro projects under Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, with over 27 kilometers of rail. However, some local critics point to the large amount of debt accrued by the project, and the relatively large amount of workers’ deaths, as have been too steep a price to pay for the project.