China to provide Pak with 5 more N-power plants

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Islamabad, Dec 11: China may give five more nuclear power plants to Pakistan with each having a capacity of 300 to 1,000 megawatt, The News quoted reliable sources as saying.

Chinese Senior Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi would hold talks on matters of mutual interest with President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Mohammad Mian Soomro, Foreign Minister Inamul Haq and Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan on his two-day official visit starting here today, a source informed on condition of anonymity.

Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Sadiq confirmed the visit of the Chinese minister but did not give further details.

The diplomats of the Western countries based in Islamabad described the visit as of ''extraordinary'' importance because it was taking place at a time when India and the United States were going to take important decisions regarding their bilateral accord on the civil nuclear technology.

Western diplomats were of the view that China, which has already agreed to give 300-megawatt nuclear power plants for Chashma nuclear power project-I and II, might also give two more plants of the same capacity for phase III and IV of the Chashma power project under the Memorandum of Understanding already signed between the two sides.

Speculations were on that Beijing might also offer Islamabad a 300-megawatt nuclear power plant for the second phase of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant to overcome power shortage in the commercial capital of the country, diplomatic sources said.

''As China has started manufacturing 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plants, it is in a position to offer many such plants to Pakistan,'' the sources added.


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