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China pledges US150 mln aid package to Afghanistan
     The Chinese government pledged here on Wednesday a series of measures to help rebuild Afghanistan,including an ongoing 150-million-US-dollar aid package, reduction of due debts owed by the Afghan government and 1 million dollars in material assistance.

    Addressing the International Conference on Afghanistan, ForeignMinister Li Zhaoxing said China will offer 15 million dollars to Afghanistan this year, following 47 million dollars in aid last year, under a 2002 commitment of 150 million dollars in donations within five years. "The rest will soon be put in place," Li said.

    He said China has decided to "cancel all the Afghan government's due debts" and signed an agreement to the effect with the Afghangovernment during the conference.

    Li said China will offer material assistance worth 1 million dollars for the upcoming election in Afghanistan, including tents,photocopiers and lighting equipment. China will also engage in local police training and regional drug control cooperation there,he added.

    Referring to the construction of infrastructure in Afghanistan,Li said the project of Kabul Republic Hospital contracted by Chinais going on smoothly and so is an irrigation project on the ParwanRiver.

    The foreign minister said China will encourage more domestic companies to open businesses in Afghanistan. He also pledged to help train Afghan diplomats and professionals in other fields. Enditem

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