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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), acting as the lead agency in the United States for the Tropical Ocean and Global Atmosphere (TOGA) program of the World Climate Research Program, has negotiated an agreement with its counterpart, the National Bureau of Oceanography (NBO) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) for jointly carrying out a TOGA-related air-sea interaction study of the western Pacific region near 165°E. This study was originated under the U.S.-PRC Protocol on Cooperation in the Field of Marine and Fishery Science and Technology as a contribution to the TOGA Pacific program. In addition to NOAA and NBO the Academia Sinica, the State Meteorological Administration of China, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States are all active participating agencies. Participation of scientists from other agencies and from the scientific communities of both countries is welcome and encouraged in any part of the cooperative air-sea study program.