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Pakistan Buys Chinese Aircraft

Thursday, 10 January 2002 12:00 AM

The first consignment of 10 F-7PG fighter aircraft was delivered to Pakistan in December and the rest are to be delivered this year, the official said. The deal for these aircraft was finalized early last year.

China is Pakistan's closest ally in the South Asian region and also has emerged as its main weapon supplier since 1990 when the United States canceled all arms deals with Islamabad.

Traditionally, Pakistan had depended on the United States for most of its defense purchases but their ties ended abruptly 11 years ago following a dispute over Islamabad's nuclear program. Washington also had stopped the delivery of 32 F-16 aircraft Pakistan had paid for, creating a wide disparity between the Pakistani and rival Indian air force.

Since then China is believed to have supplied both conventional and non-conventional weapons to Islamabad and reportedly also helped Islamabad develop a ballistic missile technology for its nuclear weapons.

Pakistan's defense ties with China have assumed an added importance since the Dec. 13 suicide-attack on the Indian Parliament which led both India and Pakistan to amass troops along their shared border.

Both sides also are believed to have deployed nuclear-capable missiles against each other.

Earlier this week, a Pakistani newspaper -- The News -- reported China had sent five shiploads of weapons to Pakistan since the border stand off to help Islamabad meet the Indian threat.

Officials in Islamabad have since denied the shipments but the newspaper stands by its report.

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