Pakistan president to visit China as nuclear deal advances

China said on Tuesday that it will host Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari for top-level talks in early July.

Pakistan president to visit China as nuclear deal advances

China said on Tuesday that it will host Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari for top-level talks in early July, but would not say whether a nuclear energy deal between the two nations will be discussed.

Zardari is a regular visitor to China, and his next trip from July 6 to 11 will include meetings with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular news conference.

The announcement of the visit follows signs that China is moving forward with long-discussed plans to build two nuclear reactors at Pakistan's Chashma atomic complex.

Two Chinese nuclear companies this month signed a contract to cooperate in construct the third and fourth plants at Chashma, building on China's rule at the complex in Punjab province. Pakistan faces severe power shortages.

Qin did not directly answer reporters' questions about whether the deal will be discussed during Zardari's visit.

"Both sides will exchange views on how to advance friendly cooperation in all areas, and also on international and regional issues of shared concern," said Qin.

Mounting indications that China will proceed with the reactor expansion in Pakistan.

The United States said this month it wanted "clarificatio"n from China on the proposed plants.

The Chinese spokesman Qin said that any nuclear cooperation with Pakistan should not worry any other countries.

"Cooperation between China and Pakistan for the use of nuclear energy fully conforms with the international non-proliferation undertakings assumed by both countries and is entirely for peaceful purposes," he said.

The US administration only last year sealed a deal to supply India with civilian nuclear equipment.

Agencies


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