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Chinese Minister for Taiwan Affairs to Visit US

China's minister for Taiwan affairs arrives in Washington Tuesday for talks with U.S. officials.

A U.S. State Department spokesman says Chen Yunlin will meet with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and other officials for talks on a variety of issues between China and Taiwan, including China's proposed anti-secessionist law.

China says the sole purpose of the legislation, to be considered by the country's parliament in March, is to contain Taiwan's separatist forces and promote peace and stability in the region. Taiwan says the measure is aimed at suppressing the island.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has threatened to take the island by force if it makes moves toward independence.