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Chinese engineers of Nuctech in Karachi, Pakistan

"Get ready! Pay attention to safety!" The operator shouted in Urdu through a loud speaker. He turned the key to the safety interlock switch and a red warning light began to flash. The trailer carrying a 40-foot container truck passed through the X-rays, and on a computer screen appeared the side and top views of the container truck, including a clear image of all its contents.

Tao Jinbo, a service engineer working for Nuctech, the world's leading security inspection solution provider, smiled at the successful testing of his company's security scanner. He would finally be able to reunite with his wife and son in Beijing having completed installation of the devices, which had lasted for several months. He had spent his sixth Spring Festival in Karachi, Pakistan, and at that moment, tears of happiness and homesickness welled up in his eyes.

In winter 2016, Karachi's new deep water port began operations. The port chose Nuctech's third generation dual-accelerator and dual-energy equipment. It took the engineers four months of hard work to install and test the equipment to exacting standards. Tao and his colleagues felt a heavy responsibility on their shoulders.


The photo taken in March 2008 shows Chinese and Pakistani technicians on an installation and testing site for Nuctech security inspection devices.

The engineers traveled regularly to Islamabad and Peshawar to check and maintain the company's mobile scanning devices. Being close to Afghanistan, Peshawar was prone to security incidents. Tao recalled one of his experiences at the Peshawar police station. While he and colleagues were giving instructions to their customer on how to operate the device on one end of the station grounds, on the other end a funeral was being held for police officers killed in a terrorist attack.

Various projects under the Belt and Road and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiatives are currently being built, and an increasing number of Chinese nationals and companies are coming to Pakistan. More projects and institutions are in need of security checking devices. About 60 Belt and Road countries are using devices designed and manufactured by Nuctech.

Tao and his colleagues have participated in the construction of security systems and shouldered the responsibility of ensuring the security of local people and Chinese technicians. Karachi has now become a second home of the engineers working on the frontline to safeguard the safety and security of cities and people in the Belt and Road region.