NIGERIAN SATELLITE FOR 2007 LAUNCH FROM XICHANG

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China is expected to put a self-made communication satellite into orbit for Nigeria in 2007, making the African nation the first foreign buyer of both a Chinese satellite and its launching service.

The news came as Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in Beijing Last week, starting a four-day state visit to China.Describing the satellite export as a "milestone" in China's history in space, an official with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp said the satellite, called Dongfanghong IV, will be put into orbit by a Long March 3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Space Launch Centre in Southwest China's Sichuan Province sometime after next year.

"China Aerospace will also help to train Nigerian technicians," said the official identified as Li, adding that so far China has sent 28 foreign satellites into space.

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