US company to aid China in developing coal mine

Occidental Petroleum of the United States signed an agreement with China to carry out a feasibility study it expects will lead to a joint venture to develop one of the world's biggest coal mines, expected to produce 15 million tons a year by 1986.

Dr. Armand Hammer, chairman of Occidental, said the Chinese made it clear the the deal would not be affected by the current strain in Chinese-American relations over US arms sales to Taiwan.

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