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    Pakistan, China to further enhance cooperation in nuclear energy: PM :china: :pakistan: :china:

    CHASHMA, Dec 28 (APP): Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that Pakistan and China enjoy a unique and multi-faceted relationship and both the countries have agreed to further enhance co-operation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. He was talking to Sun Qin, Minister, Commission for Science & Technology Industry for National Defence, and Chairman, China Atomic Energy Authority, who called on him at the Friendship House at Chashma soon after the concrete pouring ceremony of Chashma-2 this afternoon, says a press release.

    The Prime Minister said that today's ceremony at Chashma, which is a landmark in the history of Pakistan's nuclear programme/technology is also a testimony to the peaceful nature of nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and China. The Prime Minister said China would assist Pakistan in building and commissioning larger reactors to meet its growing energy needs. The Prime Minister said that Chashma-2 will prove a shot in the arm for the economic development and progress of Pakistan as it will go a long way in meeting energy requirements. The Prime Minister said that Pak-China bilateral co- operation in peaceful use of nuclear technology will increase so that Pakistan can meet its growing energy requirements necessitated by the fast economic growth.

    The Prime Minister said that Pak-China co-operation in the field of defence would also increase in the days ahead. Pakistan has a unique relationship with China as it is the only country which is co-producing with Pakistan JF-17 Fighter. He said cooperation between armies and navies of the two countries would also increase in the comings days. The Prime Minister, terming the Karakorum Highway as a symbol of Sino-Pak friend-ship, said the volume of the trade has undergone manifold increase with the signing of the early harvest agreements in trade, which will give a major fillip in trade ties.

    He said that the Chinese companies are bidding for major civil works in Pakistan and have won some big contracts due to their competitive basis in open competition. The Prime Minister also informed that over 100 Pakistani students have gone to China for higher studies and expected to form a bridge of understanding between the two countries. He also thanked the Minister for the China's generous assistance to Pakistan to help rehabilitate the victims of earthquake. The Prime Minister also said that Pakistan and China have a common quest for peace and have similar views on many regional and global issues like the UN Reforms and combating terrorism. He said that both the countries have a common quest for peace and China as a growing world power, gives Pakistan a sense of election.

    The Chinese Minister said that China is a true friend of Pakistan and Sino-Pak cooperation in the nuclear field would increase. He said that his country enjoys a strategic relationship with Pakistan as it is based on shared interest and not directed against any country in the world. It may be mentioned that the Chinese Minister led a high level 50-member delegation form China to the ceremony and also conveyed greeting on behalf of the Chinese Premier. The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Ehsan ul Haq, Lt. General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, DG Strategic Plans Division, the Chairman PACE Parvez Butt, Pak Ambassador to China Salman Bashir and the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan were also present on the occasion.