30 January 2020
Pakistan’s space program is set to benefit greatly from China’s advanced technology. In 1991, the Chinese Ministry of Aerospace Industry and SUPARCO signed an agreement on space cooperation, but for decades they had little to show for it. Space cooperation between China and Pakistan focused mainly on “personnel training and infrastructure development” for the next 20 years. With the inclusion of India and Pakistan in both the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and SAARC, these South Asian countries have a major positive role to play in space rather than countering each other. If India and Pakistan follow a path of confrontation on future space projects, it will only deepen the cooperation between Pakistan and China.
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