China and Pakistan have signed an agreement on Scientific and Technological co-operation confirming the closer ties between the two countries since the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan.
GV EXTERIOR: The Islamabad Secretariat Building
SV: Chinese and Pakistani officials enter room and seat themselves behind desk
CU: Chinese officials preparing to sign
SV: Officials from both countries signing agreement
SV: Officials exchange agreements for signature
SV: Officials re-exchange agreements and shake hands
SV: Officials from both countries seated, watch as Pakistani official presents Chinese with gift. (2 shots)
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Background: China and Pakistan have signed an agreement on Scientific and Technological co-operation confirming the closer ties between the two countries since the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: The agreement was signed in Islamabad at the end of a six day visit to Pakistan by a Chinese delegation led by Vice-Minister of Economic Relations with Foreign Countries Shi Lin. The Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Shaikh Mansoor Ahmed signed for Pakistan.
No details of the agreement were released officially but Radio Karachi reported that China would be providing chemical fertilizers, construction engineering and bio-gas in return of farming and fruitgrowing assistance and sugar from Pakistan. The visit by the Chinese delegation follows one by Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq to Peking (Beijing) earlier this month. No mention has been made of any possible exchange of defence technology or of Chinese development programme.
Relations between the two countries have strengthened considerably since the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. The Chinese were reported at the time to have offered "total material and moral support" to Pakistan, and General Zia, after his visit to Peking (Beijing), said that this support extended to all spheres, including defence. The extent to which this delegation discussed military technology was not revealed.