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China rubbishes Indian concerns on Pak-China nuclear cooperation

China has brushed aside Indian concerns about its cooperation with Pakistan in the field of civilian nuclear energy and it may agree to build more nuclear power reactors on Pakistani soil to help its neighbour overcome the grave energy crisis that has crippled the country’s economy.

The Indian leadership expressed its concern to China during the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India that concluded on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said.

However, they said the Indian authorities had been told by the Chinese leadership that there concerns regarding Pakistan-China civilian nuclear energy cooperation were not valid, as that cooperation was meant only for peaceful purposes to help a friendly nation overcome the severe energy crisis it was confronting.

The Chinese PM reached Islamabad on Wednesday from India and discussed with Pakistani leadership in detail the problem of prolonged power shortages along with other issues of mutual interest, sources said.

“The Chinese leadership is very concerned over Pakistan’s energy crunch and it has assured all possible assistance to Islamabad to overcome this crisis that has paralysed the country’s economy,” a source said while seeking anonymity.

He said China could also give its nod to the building of more nuclear power plants in Pakistan given the serious nature of Islamabad’s energy needs and requirements.

However, he said he was not aware of any specific talks on Wednesday between the Chinese PM and Pakistani leadership on the construction of nuclear power plants.

Beijing has already provided Islamabad with two nuclear reactors, each with a capacity of 300MW at Chashma near Mianwali. According to some media reports, Pakistan and China are also planning to build two more reactors with the same capacity at Chashma.

The reports also speculated about the construction of a fifth nuclear power plant by China in Pakistan, but the sources said Chinese authorities had yet to give their nod to any such project.

They said the Chinese were sympathetic and they understood the gravity of the energy situation that Pakistan was facing, but so far they (Chinese leaders) had not made any decision on the nuclear power plant about which speculations were being made in the media.

India has been opposing cooperation with Pakistan in the field of civilian nuclear energy cooperation not only on part of China, but also the United States, despite the fact that it has clinched such an accord with the US itself.

India claims that China’s supply of nuclear reactors to Pakistan is against the guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a 46-nation global body that prohibits the sale of nuclear technology to countries that have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

New Delhi had to secure the NSG waiver before the conclusion of its civilian nuclear deal with the US, but it opposes any such relaxation for Islamabad.

The sources said China’s reaction to India’s opposition to the nuclear energy cooperation with Pakistan showed the depth of ties between Islamabad and Beijing.

They said that the visit of Chinese PM to Pakistani capital would go a long way in further cementing the bilateral cooperation in various sectors including energy, defence and economy.

“Apart from cooperation in the field of energy, China may also extend the financial support to Pakistan for the next budget,” a source added.

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  1. Jeet said:

    Which sources ??????
    Evil Master, evil slave. Chinese have done nothing than rearing the brainless r0gue states like N Korea and Pakistan to enhance their nuisance value for its rivals.

    Ideoligically, Historically, culturally, politically what is common between China and Pakistan ??????? Trade is negligible. Just to trouble India, China is helping Pakistan.

    But will slave Pakistan do with two Masters-USA and China ???? hahah

    • MAH said:

      y u so worried for PAKISTAN. we can handle our problems.
      INDIA need not to worry about PAKISTAN.
      we r not a KID. we know what is good for us.
      Pay attention to your country.

  2. andy jones said:

    Pakistan is a pawn in a bigger match!!!!!!!

  3. sardar ahmed baloch said:

    Abey Jeet, ur name should be Haar,look at what ur country has done when 50 chinese soldiers crossed into ur territory/ladakh ,u begged them ,they demanded that u destroy ur posts along LAC and u complied.U did the same when kargil happened ,u begged usa to pressure pakistan to withdraw forces ,and on its pressure pakistan withdrew its troops.Evil India supported LTTE in sri lanka,supporte mukti bahini in bangladesh,destabilised the nepal several times.

    • Neutral said:

      now dat sounds more logical. Well done Ahmed

  4. From Odisha India said:

    The total investment in Pakistan from come-rain-or-shine friend China is a meagre $0.8 billion, which is almost half of that from tiny Netherlands ($1.5 billion) or USA ($7.7 billion). In return, Pakistan is practically donating an entire Gwadar port to all-weather friend China. Pakistan's "strategic significance" is only to ensure that it doesn't export Jihadis to China's restive Uighur province to fight Beijing when it is busy repressing the Muslim Uighurs there. The bilateral trade between the two 'all-weather-allies' is a paltry $10 billion, which is heavily in favor of China (China exports $ 8.5 billion to Pakistan but imports only $1.5 billion).

    The Chinese premier Li Keqiang visited not-so-friendly India BEFORE all-weather-ally Pakistan. Keqiang also spend THREE days in India but only TWO in Pakistan.

    But then, what's there to lose from dreaming, right?

    • MAH said:

      i dont understand y u indians r so concerned. its totally r internal matter n so we can deal with it.
      u should be concerned about ur country. thank you!!!

  5. Muhammad Younus Butt said:

    China is the best freind of Pakistan and all Pakistanis are proud of Great China.China is a sincere,honest,faithful.trustworthy and well-bebaved friend.We wish ti strenthen our relations nicely with nice freind.We do not care for othes as our freindship is not against any country.No country wishes to express its rubbish concerns on our freiendship.When India has the relation with Russia and U.S.A simontaneously,Pakistan does not bother for it as for everyone our minds and hearts are clean and open.PAKISTAN CHINA FREIND -SHIP LONG LIVE THIS RELATION OF LOVE IS VERY OLD AND THIS MEETING IS ONLY A CHANCE TO SEE EACH OTHERS.

  6. MAH said:

    i fail to understand why this INDIA is after Pak.
    they have an issue over everything . i dont know who has given them the right to speak over our issues. they have bad habit of interfearing in all the matters. India undoubtedly fears from the development n prosperity of Pakistan.
    Indians can never be our friends.
    long live PAK-CHINA friendship.

  7. Citizen of Shanghai said:

    Indians are so jealous of Pak-China friendship,because Indians know that if Pakistan and China work together they would crush India. 🙂

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