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Pak, China ink 13 pacts on bilateral cooperation

The agreements were inked after formal talks between Hu Jintao and General Pervez Musharraf.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 23:09 IST
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China and Pakistan on Monday signed 13 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to further bolster their defence, trade and socio-economic ties.

The agreements were inked after formal talks between Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao and visiting Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf.

Both leaders witnessed the signing ceremony.

The documents also cover cooperation in the sectors of energy, health, communication, pesticides, earthquake and meteorological studies.

Pakistani Minister for Defence Production, Habibullah Warriah and his Chinese counterpart signed the framework agreement on cooperation in defence areas.

Pakistani Commerce Minister Humayun Akhtar and his Chinese counterpart inked the framework agreement on expanding and deepening economic and trade relations.

A framework agreement on bolstering cooperation in the field of energy was signed.

An MoU was signed on Chinese cooperation in the upgradation of Karakorum Highway.

Under two other MoUs, the two sides would cooperate in field of earthquake and meteorological studies.

Two more MoUs were signed in the field of health and family planning.

The two sides also inked three documents for cooperation in the areas of vocational training, pesticides management and Fisheries.

Under another MoU, Pakistan and China would jointly launch a five-year programme for promoting bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

A general loan agreement was also signed regarding utilisation of preferential buyers credit.