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Beijing to go ahead with Pak reactors

world Updated: Jun 24, 2010 02:02 IST
KJM Varma
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China is likely to go ahead with its decision to “finance” the construction of two 650 MW nuclear power plants in Pakistan disregarding the concerns raised by India and the United States.

It is expected to announce its decision at the Nuclear Security Group meeting being held in New Zealand on Thursday.
“China will likely go ahead with financing the construction of two nuclear reactors in Pakistan despite concerns from other countries,” state-run China Daily quoted Chinese experts as saying.

“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,” it said in its report.

The report in the official daily is regarded as a sort of an official announcement as Chinese Foreign Ministry so far has declined to say anything on the Pakistan’s reactor issue.