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January 13, 1988

Two days after the Soviet Union announced it would participate in the Seoul Olympics, China has also decided to attend the Games, a pro-Beijing newspaper reported.

The Chinese Olympic Committee has reportedly sent a two-sentence letter to the International Olympic Committee informing it of the decision, according to the Chinese-language Ta Kung Pao.

Cuba, another ally of North Korea, faces a dilemma because, although the Soviets have decided to attend, North Korea has indicated it will boycott the Olympics unless it is a co-host of the Games.

Cuba will announce its decision Sunday, a Cuban sports official said.

President Fidel Castro said in his last public statement on the issue last June: "If the Olympic Games are not shared between the two Koreas, we will not participate."

International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch has considered banning nations that boycott the Seoul Games from participating in the 1992 Olympics.

It is also believed that a Cuban boycott of the Summer Olympics could cause Havana to lose its scheduled host role for the Pan American Games in 1991.

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