Chinese ambassador survives Pakistan bombing

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Balochistan's islamic militants accuse the Pakistani government and China of exploiting Balochistan's gas and mineral wealth, as well as its strategic position, with little benefit to local people.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Map zoom from global to local, flash highlight Pakistan-Afghan border region
2. Zoom to city outline, then hotel neighborhood, then hotel, show explosion from above
3. Show ground-level view of bomb aftermath, burning cars, people reacting
4. Region map, Balochistan highlighted, Quetta marker flashing, armed groups on map
5. Region map, explosion now in Gwadar at bottom of map, zoom to Gwadar, then port
6. Map view of Gwadar port, ships sailing in and out, CCP flag appears on port


VOICEOVER (in English):
The BBC reports that the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan escaped injury when a car bomb devastated part of a luxury hotel in Quetta, a city near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.

The bomb exploded in the parking lot of the luxurious Serena Hotel in the evening of Wednesday 21 April, killing at least four people and injuring twelve.

The Chinese ambassador was staying at the hotel, but officials say he was not there when the bomb exploded.

Quetta is the capital of Balochistan, one of Pakistan's poorest provinces and home to several armed groups, including Islamic extremists and separatists.

These militants want independence from the rest of Pakistan, and oppose major Chinese infrastructure projects in the area.

Separatists were also blamed for an attack two years ago on a hotel at Gwadar, where a massive port project is being funded by China.

The groups accuse the Pakistani government and China of exploiting Balochistan's gas and mineral wealth, as well as its strategic position, with little benefit to local people.


SOURCES: BBC, Reuters, CNN, South China Morning Post, Channel News Asia
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56834937
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/explosion-luxury-hotel-southwest-pakistan-kills-three-wounds-11-police-2021-04-21/
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/21/asia/pakistan-bomb-blast-chinese-ambassador-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3130525/car-bomb-kills-4-pakistan-hotel-where-chinas-ambassador-was
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/deadly-blast-pakistan-hotel-china-ambassador-4-people-die-hurt-14668456