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Pak Nuclear Reactors : Deal with China inked in 2009

Beijing, July 7

Amid concerns expressed by India and the US about the new Sino-Pak nuclear deal, Pakistan has claimed that the agreement to build two atomic reactors was inked in 2009 itself during President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit here, though China notified NSG about it only last month.

A spokesperson for Zardari, who is currently again on a six-day visit to China, said Beijing has demonstrated yet again its strong support to Islamabad by categorically reiterating that it will go ahead with the construction of the two nuclear reactors.

An agreement, which “goes along well with the international non-proliferation obligations of China and Pakistan”, was signed during Zardari’s last year visit here, President’s press secretary Farhatullah Babar was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s official APP news agency.

His remarks came as Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan, said the issues relating to nuclear plants would certainly be on the agenda of Zardari’s talks with the Chinese leaders.

“Our cooperation is transparent and will be under the IAEA safeguard,” Khan said. The news about China’s plans to build nuclear reactors for Pakistan was first carried by ‘China National Nuclear Corporation’ on its website in March this year. China notified the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) about its plan in this regard last month.

On his arrival here last night, Zardari said: “We believe that China is a factor of stability in the region.” “This is my fifth visit to China since October 2008 and I have truly been inspired by the remarkable achievements of the Chinese people,” he said.

Strengthening of cooperation with China is one of the key principles guiding Pakistan’s foreign policy, he said, adding that his visit is aimed at pushing forward the process of strategic engagement, enhancing economic and trade ties and bolstering people-to-people contacts to lend greater depth and a newer perspective to the bilateral relations.

India and the United States have already conveyed their concerns to China over the Sino-Pak nuclear deal. — PTI

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