China-Pakistan defence deal signed

Beijing will also continue to help Pakistan produce nuclear power.

Beijing is the leading supplier of military hardware to Pakistan
Beijing is the leading supplier of military hardware to Pakistan



Hu also signed a five-year free trade pact on Friday with General Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, which is expected to triple trade to $15bn.
 
Beijing has maintained a close relationship by helping Islamabad build nuclear power plants and a deep-sea port.
 
China helped Pakistan set up a nuclear power plant in the 1990s.
The aviation deals involve the Pakistan Air Force and CETC, a Chinese aviation company, working together on China’s airborne early warning system.
 
Another Chinese company, CATIC, will deliver the first eight JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft jointly developed with Pakistan.
 

The announcements came just a day after Hu arrived in the Pakistani capital following a trip to India.
Source: News Agencies

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