China says arms sale to Pakistan no big deal

December 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm (Pakistan, Politics) (, )

Source: Press Trust of India

Beijing (PTI) China has sought to defend its sale of submarines and warships to Pakistan, contending that even India was seeking military equipment from US and Russia.

Acknowledging that the proposal may invite concerns from India, a top Chinese defence official has said acquiring arms was normal for an independent country like Pakistan.

Besides submarines, Pakistan is seeking bigger warships from China in addition to the F22P frigates already acquired by it, the China Daily said in a report yesterday.

“The initiative may invite concerns from its neighbouring countries. But the doubts are unnecessary,” Zhai Dequan, deputy director of China Arms Control and Disarmament Association said.

Zhai argued that India also has large projects with the US and Russia and that Pakistan’s proposal in submarine cooperation is likely aimed at its sea border protection.


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