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Secret nuclear trading

China wanted Pakistan's centrifuge technology, and Pakistan wanted to build a Chinese-designed bomb quickly, so each helped the other, according to Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. The timeline below reflects the scope of the cooperation as described by Khan and current and former U.S. officials.


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A nuclear power's act of proliferation
Article | In 1982, a Pakistani military C-130 left the western Chinese city of Urumqi with a highly unusual cargo: enough weapons-grade uranium for two atomic bombs, according to accounts written by the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, and provided to The Washington Post.

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