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China-Pakistan Nuclear Deal Faces Questions

  • VOA News

Chinese-Pakistani nuclear cooperation will be under a microscope when Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari travels to Beijing next week.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang announced the scheduled July 6 to 11 visit on Tuesday. He said Chinese plans to finance two civilian nuclear reactors in Pakistan's Punjab province are fully in accord with all international agreements.

The U.S. State Department questioned the sale on Monday, saying it was seeking more information from China. China has been a member since 2004 of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, whose members have pledged not to send nuclear technology to countries that do not meet international safeguards.

Pakistan, which announced five successful nuclear weapons tests in 1998, has never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and faces a nuclear trade ban.

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