China puts Pakistani nuclear request on hold

As I pointed out in yesterday’s post it looks like China is moving towards being a more responsible player in the international scene.
The BBC reports that China declined to support Pakistan’s Chashma nuclear project:

“A spokesman at the Pakistan embassy in Beijing said talk of the deal being concluded during Mr Musharraf’s visit was ‘just speculation’.
A wide range of agreements signed after Mr Musharraf met President Hu Jintao on Monday included:
* A $500m loan to Pakistan from China
* A preferential trade agreement
* An extradition treaty”

Looks like the Chinese extracted a promise from Musharraf on Xinjiang/East Turkestan and gave him a $500m loan. No prizes for guessing whom the second and third items favour !

Updates:

  • Dawn report explaining why Chashma-II has been ‘delayed’
  • How effective is the China card – Zubeida Mustafa