ISLAMABAD - As President Asif Ali Zardari leaves today for China on a four-day visit, the official circles here said that the main item on his agenda is a nuclear deal with friendly neighbouring state followed by joint anti-terrorism efforts and cooperation in the fields of trade and economy. An official, who requested anonymity, told TheNation that President Zardari would seek a nuclear deal with China to meet the ever-increasing energy needs of Pakistan. "What we need from our Chinese friends is the building of new nuclear reactors with their help and indications are already there that they will not disappoint us," he said. He said that during the visit of President Zardari, the two sides were expected to ink several agreements such as those on cooperation in the fields of space technology, energy, environment, mass communication and sports. He said the two sides had already signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2006 and it was being implemented in different phases. He added that the investment protocol would also be signed during the President's visit. The official said that the President Zardari would meet his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao and other Chinese leaders during his stay in Beijing and during the course of deliberations both sides would discuss various aspects of war on terror with focus on increasing cooperation in fight against the global menace. On the eve of President Zardari's visit to Beijing, Pakistan's Ambassador to China Masood Khan, in a statement, said the two countries had "exemplary friendly relations" and the top leadership was committed to further deepen the "time-tested" ties. He said the talks between Pakistan and China would culminate with the 'Joint Declaration' aimed at intensifying the cooperation in different sectors. "There is complete resolve on the both sides to further cement the existing ties and transform them into more beneficial and advantageous relations," he said. Another official here said that an important significance of President Zardari's visit to China was that it was taking place at a time when Pakistan's relations with the United States had come under increasing strain and stress. He said that President Zardari was travelling to China at a time when Pakistan was facing serious threats to its security and grave economic challenges. However, he added that President and other senior Pakistani officials hoped that China would not fail its old friend and come up with full support at a time when it was most needed.