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China to continue helping Pakistan in nuclear energy

China on Monday reiterated that it would continue cooperating with Islamabad in civil nuclear energy to help resolve power crisis in Pakistan.

The cooperation between China and Pakistan on nuclear energy is for exclusively peaceful purposes and in the interests of local people, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Monday.

China and Pakistan have cooperated on civilian nuclear energy for years, spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing with regard to construction of a nuclear power plant in Karachi.

“Such cooperation is entirely for peaceful purposes in line with international obligations, and subject to the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” she said.

China would continue providing assistance to Pakistan within its ability, Hua said. Stressing that China attaches great importance to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, Hua said that China cooperates with various countries in this regard on the premise of strict adherence to non-proliferation.

Construction of Pakistan’s largest nuclear power project with the Chinese cooperation was launched in Karachi on November 26. According to reports, the Coastal Power Projects K-II and K-III are designed to produce 2,200 megawatts of electricity when completed in November 2019.

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