BEIJING - China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation confirmed a project to export 8 attack submarines to Pakistan, China Shipbuilding Online reports.

The corporation held a conference to discuss the details of the arrangement.

The corporation’s Chairman, Hu Wenming, said that the conference aimed to continue the spirit generated by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speeches on the Belt & Road Construction Work Symposium.

In addition, the conference was an action to promote timely and high quality export projects, Hu said.

The deal could cost between 4 billion to 5 billion USD.

Four of the eight submarines will be built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) while the remaining four submarines will be built in China.

When being asked about the deal last year, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said:” China and Pakistan are neighbours of traditional friendship with close cooperation in various fields. The normal cooperation between the two sides in the field of military industry and trade is in line with their respective international commitment”.