"As a sanctuary for a number of the world's most extreme and violent groups, Pakistan has long been bearing the brunt of turbulence and Western countries are reluctant to provide assistance, because Abdul Qadeer Khan, a key figure in Pakistan's nuclear program, admitted in 2004 that he leaked secrets to Iran and Libya" said an article in Global Times.
"Therefore, Islamabad should make every effort to ensure that no relevant information or technologies fall in the hands of terrorists to reduce the risk of proliferation."
The daily has published a string of articles defending China's decision to provide a USD 6.5 billion loan to build two 1100 MW nuclear reactors in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.
The deal has been criticised by the US and India as it was finalised without clearance from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as done by India under its landmark nuclear accord with the US.
But this was perhaps the first time that an article in China's state-run media articulated concerns about sensitive technology falling into the hands of terrorists.
"The international community should not only pay attention to horizontal proliferation among countries but also heed vertical proliferation," it said.
"It is because of the latter that nuclear and non-nuclear states have always failed in effectively resolving their contradictions.
"If Pakistan succeeds in shaking off poverty and backwardness through nuclear power generation, other countries will not be capable of interfering with its internal affairs. In this way it will better safeguard its core interests through its growing national strength, weakening Washington's presence in South Asia," it added.
Peaceful use of nuclear power constitutes an effective way to bridge the energy gap and non-nuclear states cannot be deprived of the right to peaceful nuclear power application with the excuse of non-proliferation, the article argued.
"Sino-Pakistani nuclear cooperation will serve as a prompt for other nations, Asian states in particular, to engage in similar collaboration with China, thus promoting interactions among them and potentially changing the geopolitical landscape," it said, making a case for China expanding nuclear cooperation with allies in Asia.


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