China to go ahead with Sino-Pak nuclear deal

Posted By: Devaki
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Beijing, Jun 23: China is likely to go ahead with the decision to fund the construction of two nuclear power plants in Pakistan despite the concerns from India and United States. China is likely to unveil the plans at Nuclear Security Group meet in New Zealand on Thursday, Jun 24.

"China will likely go ahead with financing the construction of two nuclear reactors in Pakistan despite concerns from other countries," reported a news paper in China quoting the Chinese experts.

"China is expected to announce its plans to build the reactors in Pakistan's Punjab province at the 46-member NSG meeting in New Zealand. Meanwhile, the United States, with heavy lobbying from India, is reportedly raising doubts over the legitimacy of the deal," the daily said in the report.

During the visit of Pak Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie had announced that "China would join hands with Pakistan to bring military relations to a new high".

Chinese Foreign Ministry has remained incommunicado about the issue as of now. It only said that its cooperation with Pakistan is for peaceful purposes. China also reiterated that it will be carried under the safeguards and supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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