Beijing: Tacitly confirming reports of signing of an agreement with Pakistan to build a huge 1000 MW nuclear power plant, China today defended the deal saying that it confirmed to safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and rejected allegations that it has violated Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) norms.
"China has noted the relevant report", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing in Beijing today.
He was replying to a question on reports from Washington that Beijing has secretly entered a deal with Pakistan to construct the plant at Chashma in Punjab province.
On allegations that the deal violated the norms set by the 46 member NSG, which regulates the issues relating to nuclear proliferation and commerce, Hong said, "I want to point out that relevant cooperation between China and Pakistan does not violate relevant norms of the NSG".
In recent years China and Pakistan have had some cooperation in the field of civilian nuclear cooperation, he said.