China providing Pakistan 50 fighter jets -

China providing Pakistan 50 fighter jets

BEIJING (AP) -- A Pakistani air force official says China has agreed to provide 50 additional fighter jets in a deal clinched during Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's trip to Beijing.  

The official gave no additional information about the terms of the deal for the JF-17 Thunder jets, a single-engine multirole fighter developed in cooperation between China and Pakistan.  

Speaking Friday on condition of anonymity, the official did not say whether the planes were a gift from China or whether Pakistan would be paying for them.  

Gilani's visit has highlighted Pakistan's warm ties with China at a time when its relations with Washington have sunk to a new low over the killing of Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani town by American special forces. 

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