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China defends nuclear cooperation with Pakistan

world Updated: Jun 17, 2010 17:35 IST

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China today vowed to take its military ties with Pakistan to a "new high" and defended its nuclear cooperation with Islamabad to build two new reactors for the country.

Terming the defence ties between the two countries as "all weather" the Chinese officials said both Beijing and
Islamabad had "pledged" to strengthen these ties" after a meeting between the visiting Pakistan Army Chief General
Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and the defence minister Liang Guanglie.

Kayani heading a high level Pakistani military delegation is currently on a five day visit to China.

"Cooperation between the Chinese and Pakistani armed forces is exemplary and has been fruitful," Liang, also a
state councillor, said during the meeting held at the Diaoyutai Guest House.

"China would join hands with Pakistan to bring military relations to a new high," the Chinese defence
minister was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

The minister also said that the two countries should make continuous efforts to boost their joint defence
programmes. His remarks assume significance as Pakistan and China are collaborating in the manufacture of advanced fighter aircraft.

Kayani is also scheduled to meet the vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong and also
hold talks with Chinese State Councillor and Minister for Public Security Meng Jianzhu.

As the two countries were holding military level talks a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman claimed that its nuclear
cooperation with Pakistan was peaceful, after the US announced it had sought clarification from Beijing on the sale of two new nuclear reactors.