Musharraf to hold nuclear talks in China

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Thursday he will call upon Beijing during his six-day official visit of China to enhance nuclear cooperation between the two countries.

Musharraf to hold nuclear talks in China
China has helped Pakistan in constructing two nuclear power plants at Chashma, some 300 kilometers south-west of Islamabad.

Chashma-1 was completed in September 2000 with a capacity of 300-megawatts, while the construction of Chashma-2 started on April 8, 2005 and is due to be completed by 2011.

"We will also discuss the energy issue, with focus on nuclear power generation and the proposed construction of Chashma-III and Chashma-IV power projects in Pakistan with the cooperation of China," Musharraf told reporters before departing for China.

Energy hungry Pakistan is looking for further nuclear cooperation with China to meet its power deficit increasing by around 1,450 megawatt every year.

The issue will come under discussion during Musharraf's meeting with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar will assist Pakistani president in the talks.

Pakistan is a nuclear power that tested its first weapon in 1998.

Musharraf will also attend Boao Forum for Asia April 11-15, a meeting in Boao in China's southernmost province of Hainan that brings together regional state leaders, businessmen and prominent personalities.

During the conference he is scheduled to meet several world leaders, including the president of Sri Lanka and prime ministers of Australia and Kazakhstan.

The visit is expected to reinforce the decades-old friendship between the two countries. Pakistan relies heavily on China for trade, investment and defence.

Musharraf's visit comes at a time when pressure is mounting on him to resign from the post. His political backers were thrashed in a February 18 election and a new lower house of parliament is hostile to the embattled president.
Last Mod: 10 Nisan 2008, 17:52
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