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Pakistan may have to reveal its China debts: IMF


Nusa Dua: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Thursday said a bailout deal with Pakistan would require “absolute transparency” of its debts, many of which come from China’s landmark Belt and Road Initiative.  “In whatever work we do, we need to have a complete understanding and absolute transparency about the nature, size, terms of the debt that is bearing on a particular country,” Lagarde said at the IMF and World Bank Group annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

She added the IMF needed to understand the extent of the position of the debt, including lending from sovereign governments and from state-owned enterprises, so that officials could determine a country’s debt sustainability, Efe news said. Her statements indicated Pakistan could be forced to disclose the full extent and terms of Chinese lending it received in recent years as part of its participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s vast global infrast­ructure-spending initiative.

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