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China to help build 2 Pakistan nuclear plants

October 18, 2008

Pakistan said Saturday that China will help it build two more nuclear power plants, offsetting Pakistani frustration over a recent nuclear deal between archrival India and the United States.

The agreement with China was among 12 accords signed during Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari‘s recent visit to Beijing, said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

While Qureshi gave few details, the accord deepens Pakistan’s long-standing ties with China at a time when its relations with Washington are strained over the dragging war against terrorism.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi gave few details of the nuclear deal with China.

Above: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi gave few details of the nuclear deal with China.

U.S. officials including Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday for talks, have rejected Pakistani calls for equal treatment with India on nuclear power.

Chinese leaders “do recognize Pakistan’s need, and China is one country that at international forums has clearly spoken against the discriminatory nature of that understanding” between Washington and New Delhi, Qureshi said.

Zardari met with China’s top leaders during his first official trip to Beijing since replacing stalwart U.S. ally Pervez Musharraf as president in September.

China, a major investor and arms supplier for Pakistan, has already helped it build a nuclear power plant at Chashma, about 125 miles southwest of the capital, Islamabad. Work on a second nuclear plant is in progress and is expected to be completed in 2011.

Qureshi said the Chashma III and Chashma IV reactors would provide Pakistan with an additional 680 megawatts of generating capacity.

He didn’t say when they would be built or what assistance China would provide.

Ikata Nuclear Powerplant.JPG

Above: The nuclear power plant in the town of Ikata, Nishiuwa District, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

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Nuclear Deal With India May Be Near Collapse

October 16, 2007

By Robin Wright and Rama Lakshmi
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, October 16, 2007; Page A01

A controversial nuclear deal between the United States and India appears close to collapse after the Indian prime minister told President Bush yesterday that “certain difficulties” will prevent India from moving forward on the pact for the foreseeable future.

The main obstacle does not involve the specific terms of the agreement but rather India’s internal politics, including fears from leftist parties that India is moving too close to the United States….

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Defense procurement

August 5, 2007

James A. Lyons
August 5, 2007

Over the years defense procurement programs have provided our military forces the necessary resources which has resulted in our having the most sophisticated and technically superior combat forces in the world today.
Our technical superiority is a recognized force multiplier.

However, many of these programs have taken more than a decade to produce, primarily due to incorporating requirements and specifications that require overreaching performance criteria and reliability.

Out-of-control congressional earmarks and keeping the “old boy network” alive are other factors that drive up costs.

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