SHANDONG - Sino-Pak bilateral relations would touch new heights during the next four years since leadership from both the countries has decided to pace up the development of Gwadar Port to provide China a shorter route and easy excess to world markets to dispatch its goods to remote destinations. It may be recalled that India and the United States had unleashed negative propaganda alleging that China is building up a naval base at Gwadar which would be a serious threat to the South Asian regional peace. Pakistan and China had, time and again, denied any such plan clarifying that the seaport was being developed for commercial purposes all along. The American pressure on Pakistan, however, slowed down the pace of work on this gigantic project. Beijing welcomes the recent statement by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani that troops would be withdrawn from Balochistan. It feels this would resolve the law and order situation in that province and pave the way for speeding up the completion of this vital seaport. At the same tim,e the two sides have also decided to increase their cooperation in the field of defence production and energy sectors. While China has extended a helping hand to cooperate in hydroelectric projects, it is pacing up work on early commissioning of Chashma-2 nuclear power project. Beijing is also considering positively a request from Islamabad to fasten work on completion of remaining four nuclear power plants of 300 megawatt capacity each. Under the agreement, China would supply remaining plants by the end of year 2016 and they would be commissioned by the end of year 2020, reliable sources here confided to The Nation. Chinese official seldom speak about the nature and extent of cooperation with Pakistan know since it would hurt the Indians and the Americans. Diplomatic sources said the two sides are reviewing possible expansion of Kamra Rebuild Factory for increasing the production of F-17 Thunder aircraft under a joint agreement since Pakistan is keen to initially export these flying machines to friendly Muslim states. Sentiments witnessed by a visiting media delegation from Pakistan during their interaction with top-ranking Chinese officials indicate that Beijing is willing to extend cooperation in all spheres of life within the purview of the bilateral relations. Both Pakistan and China had decided to celebrate the year 2011 as 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties. The enthusiasm demonstrated by top Chinese policy-makers is very encouraging and it is certain that Pakistan would be largely benefitted. The enthusiasm was also fully demonstrated during the visit to China by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to sign several Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for launching various projects with Beijings cooperation and assistance. Currently a 100-member youth delegation is visiting China as part of an exchange programme. During their months stay, they would interact with top government and party officials and would also be taken to different regions to witness Chinas progress.