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China, Pakistan Sign Wide-Ranging Accord


China's President Hu Jintao has toured cultural sites in the ancient Pakistani city of Lahore, one day after the two Asian allies pledged to increase their economic, military and cultural ties.

Mr. Hu arrived in Lahore Saturday to tour historical sites. He met provincial leaders and attended a reception at an ancient garden in the heart of the city.

On Friday, the Chinese president and his Pakistani counterpart, Pervez Musharraf, signed a wide-ranging agreement.

The accord includes a trade deal that would more than triple bilateral trade to $15 billion over the next five years.

The two countries also said they would expand their long-standing military cooperation. And Mr. Hu said Beijing will continue to help Islamabad develop its nuclear energy program.

The Chinese leader traveled to Pakistan from India, where he said Beijing welcomes improved relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Mr. Hu is scheduled to return to Beijing on Sunday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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