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Pakistan to get two more nuclear power plants from China

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 18, IRNA

Pakistan-China-Nuclear Plant

Pakistan will get two more nuclear power plants from China, the country's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Saturday on return from visit to Beijing.

Qureshi told a news conference that the agreement on building two more nuclear plants was included among 12 accords and memoranda of understandings that were signed between the two sides during President Asif Ali Zardari's recent visit to China.

China has already helped Pakistan set up a nuclear power plant about 200 kilometers southwest of the capital Islamabad.

The work on a second such plant is in progress, and it is expected to be completed in 2011.

Pakistan will get an additional 680 megawatts of electricity after the completion of these two new nuclear power plants, the foreign minister said.

Under the ongoing civil nuclear cooperation, Chashma-III and Chashma-IV will help overcome Pakistan's energy crisis.

He said it was also decided that Pakistan and China will launch PAKSAT-I satellite.

The foreign minister said during President Asif Ali Zardari's visit, Chinese leadership have assured their complete support to overcome economic challenges being faced by Pakistan and filling the resource gap.

He said the two countries will increase their bilateral trade to fifteen billion dollars by 2011 and make efforts to correct the balance of trade between the two countries.

For this purpose Pakistan has offered China to set up economic zones in Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan and China also agreed to broaden economic relations besides political and strategic ties.

He said that so far Chinese companies including China Mobile have pledged one billion dollars investment in Pakistan.

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