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The China Pakistan Connection

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 17, 2011


From Reuters:
“China has been Pakistan’s biggest supplier of conventional arms, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s database, and many analysts believe China supported Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme in past decades.
* China has helped Pakistan build its main nuclear power generation facility at Chashma in Punjab province, where a second, 330 MW unit started last week, and it has plans to build two more there, despite international misgivings about risks to nuclear safety and the integrity of non-proliferation rules.
* Last year, the China National Nuclear Corp said it was also in talks about building a separate 1-gigawatt atomic plant in Pakistan.
* China has helped build the deep-sea Gwadar port on Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coast, partly with a view to opening up an energy and trade corridor from the Gulf, across Pakistan, to western China.
* According to a Pew Global Attitudes Project (pewglobal.org)
survey of Pakistani public opinion in 2010, 85 percent of respondents said they had a favourable view of China, and 3 percent said they had an unfavourable view.
By contrast, 17 percent had a favourable view of the United States, and 68 percent had an unfavourable view.”

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