Pakistan praises China ties, opens second nuclear reactor

Pakistan opened the country’s second Chinese-made nuclear power reactor on Thursday, praising “unwavering” support from its long-time ally as Pakistan faces pressure over the discovery of Osama bin Laden.

Prickly ties between Pakistan and the United States face new strains after U.S. special forces discovered and killed the world’s most wanted man in the town of Abbottabad on May 2.

China, Pakistan’s most steadfast ally since its independence from Britain in 1947, has already helped Pakistan build one nuclear power facility in Chashma, in Punjab province.

The new, 330 MW unit is at the Chashma nuclear plant. China is building two more reactors at the same plant.

“It is yet another illustrious example of Pakistan-China cooperation in the field of nuclear science and technology,” Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said in a speech at the plant’s inauguration.

“The high level of friendship that the two countries enjoy … continues to be a source of strength for Pakistan,” said Gilani, who is due to visit China next week.

via Pakistan praises China ties, opens second nuclear reactor | Energy & Oil | Reuters.

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