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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (March 2, 2000 – Radio Australia)--China has announced plans to provide Papua New Guinea with military supplies worth US$ 400,000.

The goods will include uniforms, tents and camping gear.

China's Ambassador in Port Moresby, Chao Chenyu, said high ranking Chinese army officials will be in the capital, Port Moresby, next week to sign the agreement for assistance.

He said the move follows the visit of PNG Defense Minister, Muki Taranupi, to China last year.

The Chinese equipment -- which does not include weapons -- is expected to arrive later this month.

Ambassador Chao said military cooperation between China and Papua New Guinea falls under a bilateral agreement signed last year.

Relations between China and PNG soured when the previous government of Bill Skate announced it was going to establish diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

That deal fell through, however, when the current government took control late last year and reiterated its commitment to PNG’s longstanding "One-China" policy.

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