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China to expedite delivery of 50 fighter jets to Pakistan: WSJ

May 20, 2011 1 comment

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (L) speaks to China's Premier Wen Jiabao after a singing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 18, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (L) speaks to China’s Premier Wen Jiabao after a singing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 18, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has agreed to expedite the delivery of 50 fighter jets to Pakistan, a newspaper reported on Friday, as Islamabad tries to deepen ties with Beijing as an alternative to increasingly fragile relations with the United States.

Pakistan’s already strained ties with its ally and major donor were battered after U.S. forces on May 2 killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a garrison town near Islamabad.

The fact that bin Laden was found in Abbottabad, and had been living there for years, has prompted many in Washington to call for a review of the billions of U.S. civilian and military aid that Read more…

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