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China Offers Aid to Poor Countries


Chinese President Hu Jintao is offering aid to some of the world's poorest countries - but made much of the deal contingent on the state's recognition of China over Taiwan.

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday in New York, President Hu said China will eliminate tariffs on most products from the 39 least-developed countries with diplomatic ties to China.

He also announced a series of aid measures for poor countries that includes job training, medicines, debt forgiveness and a $10 billion loan program.

He did not make clear whether all the aid measures he mentioned would apply only to China's diplomatic partners.

Beijing does not allow countries to recognize both China and Taiwan, which it sees as a renegade province.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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