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5/6/2008 TOKYO - China is to offer a pair of giant pandas to Japan for joint research.

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao made the announcement here Tuesday at a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

Fukuda has expressed the hope that China would lease pandas to Japan for joint research. His comments came a day after the death on April 30 of Ling Ling, a giant panda sent to Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in 1992, in exchange for a Japanese-born panda cub.

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